KOA, Las Cruces, New Mexico

We’ve stopped here before. It’s a nice place for an overnight, which is as long as we wanted to stay with the cold and wind. There’s a nice view of the city from the campground.

City View at Dusk from KOA
City View at Dusk from KOA

Next morning, we went shopping for New Mexico pecans. There are pecan farms all around the area, and on our previous visit we were unable to find a retail store. Even the town visitor center, which brags about the pecans, was selling pistachios! Huh?

We also saw a couple of roadside attractions. This chile pepper was made using 2.5 tons of concrete. It’s the world’s largest, at 47 feet.

Worlds Largest Chile Pepper
Worlds Largest Chile Pepper

Then there’s the Recycled Roadrunner just outside the city at a rest stop off the interstate. Guess what? It’s the world’s largest, at 20 feet tall and 40 feet long. On our trip east last spring we captured the second largest in Fort Stockton, TX.

Worlds Largest Roadrunner
Worlds Largest Roadrunner

Its body is made of recycled stuff, including keyboards, crutches, bike tires, speakers, golf clubs, a tennis racket and more. Its eye is a VW bug headlight. Its belly is the tops of old sneakers, which really do look like feathers. It perches on a large rock looking over the city.

He's Made from Recycled Parts
He’s Made from Recycled Parts
His Perspective of Las Cruces
His Perspective of Las Cruces

We also drove over the Rio Grande, which definitely isn’t the world’s largest with only a trickle of water.

Rio Grande
Rio Grande

Previous Visit: 18 Dec 2018

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