Dona Ana History & Culture
Dona Ana County was created in 1852 and is the second-most populated county in the state. Dona Ana County’s 800+ employees are proud participants in the national Character Counts! Initiative to promote ethics in the workplace.
The county seat, Las Cruces, has received several awards including rankings from Money magazine as one of the “best college towns to retire” and from AARP as one of their “dream towns” to retire. It has also been ranked by Forbes as one of the best small metro areas for business and careers. It is home to attractions that celebrate the city’s rich history and cultural diversity. The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum charts the history of agriculture in the state and the Historic town of Mesilla and its quaint plaza filled with shops, boutiques and restaurants. White Sands National Monument protects the world’s largest gypsum dune-field, and the unique plants and animals that survive in this other-worldly place. New Mexico State University, whose main campus located in Las Cruces, is the only research-extensive, land-grant, USA-Mexico border institution classified as Hispanic serving by the federal government.