Campus Activities

Campus Activities offers outside-the-classroom involvement, with programs/services that are non-academic, provided directly to the student.

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Outdoor Recreation

The New Mexico State University Outdoor Recreation program provides dynamic facilities and programs to meet the needs of students, faculty, staff and the community, as well as opportunities to meet new people, see new places and have new and diverse experiences! Join in the fun!

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Cultural Activities

At CELP, we organize frequent activities that provide opportunities for students to practice their English and learn about the geographic and cultural beauty that New Mexico offers. If you are interested in participating, please contact the CELP Program Specialist.

White Sands National Monument

Rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin is one of the world’s great natural wonders – the glistening white sands of New Mexico! Great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert, creating the world’s largest gypsum dune field. White Sands National Monument preserves a major portion of this unique dune field, along with the plants and animals that live here.

The Town of Mesilla

Western Legend Billy the Kid once stood trial for murder in a Mesilla courtroom, and the Mesilla Plaza was once a major stop for the Butterfield Stagecoach. Originally, Mesilla was part of Mexico, but with the signing of the Gadsden Purchase in 1854, the village became part of the United States. Today, Mesilla offers a wide range of historical and cultural events, as well as shopping and dining on the town’s plaza.

New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum

Interactive exhibits bringing to life the history of farming, ranching, and rural life in New Mexico. The New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum is a 47-acre interactive museum in Las Cruces, New Mexico, that chronicles the state’s 3,000-year history of farming and ranching. The museum is part of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs:

Farmers and Craft Market of Las Cruces

The Las Cruces Farmers and Crafts Market is open every Wednesday and Saturday morning from 8:30 am – 1 pm on Main Street in downtown Las Cruces. The market specializes in locally hand-crafted items and seasonal local produce:

NMSU Theatre Arts

American Southwest Theatre Company at New Mexico State University Theatre Arts produces live theatre performances from September through May, annually.

New Mexico State University Aggie Athletics

New Mexico State University’s teams are called the Aggies, a nickname derived from the university’s agricultural beginnings. The mascot is known as “Pistol Pete.” New Mexico State has six men’s and eleven women’s teams. CELP students frequently attend men’s and women’s basketball, men’s football, and women’s soccer.

Dripping Springs

The Dripping Springs Natural Area has over four miles of easy hiking trails, including the Dripping Springs Trail, which shows off desert scrub and low elevation pinon-juniper and oak woodlands. The area also boasts excellent wildlife viewing opportunities.

Soledad Canyon

It could be time for a scenic walk through Soledad Canyon!  Enjoy a gorgeous hike through the canyon, while being able to observe the desert wildlife in its natural habitat.  Its selfie time with your friends and the wonders of the New Mexican desert!

Leasburg Dam State Park

A short 25 minute drive from Las Cruces brings you to this quiet park along the Rio Grande. Leasburg Dam State Park offers peace and relaxation, a beautiful cactus garden, several hiking trails, and opportunities for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and bird-watching.  Night sky programs are very popular at this park, which features an observatory.


A beautiful mountain village, surrounded by the cool pines of the Lincoln National Forest. There are a variety of outdoor activities including skiing, hiking, fishing, hunting, bicycling, horseback riding, and golfing. There are also many fine art galleries and gift shops to browse as well as a quarter horse track and a casino.

Carlsbad Caverns

It is one of the oldest and most famous cave systems in the world! The caverns include several vast underground chambers, up to 250 feet high, filled with amazing formations of many colors and shapes.

Gila Cliff Dwellings

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument offers a glimpse of the homes and lives of the people of the Mogollon culture (an indigenous tribe) who lived in the Gila Wilderness from the 1280s
through the early 1300s. The surroundings probably look today very much like they did when the cliff dwellings were inhabited. It is surrounded by the Gila National Forest and lies at the edge of the Gila Wilderness, the nation’s first designated wilderness area.


Regardless of whether or not you believe aliens landed here in 1947, Roswell has become the alien capital of the world! From the saucer-shaped McDonald’s restaurant to the International UFO Museum and Research Center, you’re sure to have a unique experience here!

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