Legend has it that Picacho Hills was a vision that came while marshmallows were being roasted over a campfire on west mesa.

Another legend claims the idea of Picacho Hills came during an early morning horseback ride on Picacho Peak.

Either way, in the 1970s, that glimmer of a plan became real when a group of Las Cruces businessmen turned 270 acres into one of the finest golf courses in the state.

A golfer s dream, this 6,950-yard, par-72 championship course gets so little play members and their guests can tee it up virtually any time of day.

As homes began to be built around the course, Picacho Hills became a golf course community with outrageously spectacular views of the Mesilla Valley, the lights of Las Cruces and the Organ Mountains.

While golf gets the bulk of much-deserved attention, there are tennis courts, swimming pool and an elegant clubhouse.

Homes come in a variety of styles to suit personal tastes and budgets. New homes can be custom built after selecting the home site or pick from one of the many model or builder homes available.

The diversity of home selection is highlighted by patio homes beginning at $150,000 to estates at more than $1 million.

The entrance to Picacho Hills is off Picacho Boulevard, west of downtown Las Cruces. As the drive continues up the winding main road toward the clubhouse at 4,000 feet above sea level, one s senses are bombarded by views of desert, mountains, lovely homes and startlingly blue skies.

Peace and tranquility could be street names in Picacho Hills because of the feelings of privacy and open spaces the area provides its residents.

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