Families looking to welcome the change in seasons with a change of scenery can do so at the 2023 Apple Festival a day trip away from El Paso and Las Cruces.

The celebration of a bountiful apple season at Nichols Ranch and Orchards located in the Sacramento Mountains near Alamogordo will include live music, numerous vendors, and, of course, apples.

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Apples, Apples, Apples

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Nichols Ranch and Orchards Facebook

The 3rd Annual Apple Festival -- set for Saturday, September 30, and Sunday, October 1 -- offers you and the kids the opportunity to breathe in the fresh mountain air, enjoy the mountain views that the Sacramento Mountains offer, and pick your own raw apples.

And because the Apple Festival is all about the crispy round fruit, you'll also find apple pies, apple butter, apple turnovers, caramel apples, and apple cider for eating and drinking.

The 2023 celebration of this year’s harvest will include live music daily, over 20 snack and food vendors, and over 35 arts and crafts vendors from Texas and New Mexico.

The Runyan Ranches Petting Zoo will be among the kid-friendly activities.


Adults: $10
Kids: Kids under 12 get in free

Event is handicap accessible with shuttles from the parking lot to the main barn area.

How to Get There

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Nichols Ranch and Orchards Facebook

The 2023 Apple Festival at Nichols Ranch and Orchards is a short drive from El Paso and Las Cruces.

It's located 7 miles East of La Luz, NM, about 20 minutes from Alamogordo. You can find driving directions HERE.

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