Cherry-picking fun is weeks away.

June is cherry season in the Land of Enchantment, and fresh off the tree cherries are just a few hours driving distance from El Paso.

Feeling the need to get out of town and enjoy a fun day trip with the family? Consider a road trip to Nichols Ranch and Orchards just outside Alamogordo for the 3rd Annual Cherry Festival.

Father’s Day Weekend Is the (Cherry) Pits

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On Father’s Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19, Nichols Ranch and Orchards in La Luz, New Mexico is hosting the 2022 Nichols Ranch Cherry Festival.

The fam can enjoy the mountain views, listen to live music, have lunch at one of the food booths or food trucks, peruse the wares of arts and crafts vendors, and celebrate the more than 100-year history of picking cherries grown in the Sacramento Mountains.

3rd Annual Cherry Festival

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The Nichols Ranch Cherry Festival is all about celebrating the annual cherry crop, so, naturally, it’s all things cherry: cherry pie, cherry cider, cherry jams, and baskets and baskets of just-picked cherries.

This year they’re expecting over 80 arts and crafts vendors from all over the Borderland and Southern New Mexico, as well as numerous food vendors and food trucks including Justin's Funnel Cakes, Papasitas Loaded Fries, and Berliner Freiheit German Street Food.

There will be activities for the kids to keep them entertained like the popular Runyan Ranch Petting Zoo.

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What to Know If You Plan to Go

3rd Annual Cherry Festival at Nichols Ranch and Orchards, La Luz, New Mexico (just outside Alamogordo).

• June 18-19, 2022
• $10 12 and up Sat June 18
• $8 12 and up Sun, June 19

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