Las Cruces, New Mexico: World's Largest Chile Pepper

47-foot-long fire-engine-red pepper made of 2 1/2 tons of concrete. It's designed to entice travelers to notice this hotel rather than the ones lacking giant chiles.
Address:
2160 W. Picacho Ave, Las Cruces, NM
Directions:
On the west edge of town, on the north side of US Hwy 70/W. Picacho Ave., in front of America's Best Value Inn.
Admission:
Free to see from the street. Donation to get up close, inside the courtyard.
RA Rates:
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Giant hot chili pepper.

World's Largest Chile Pepper

World's Largest Chile Pepper: Pretty cool pepper!

[Marie Kelly, 03/11/2016]
World's Largest Chile Pepper

We actually stayed at this hotel. It's cheap and the owners are super nice. They have chile gardens in the courtyard and everything is chile-themed. Not your average "America's Best" motel.

[Amanda, 11/27/2014]

Red chili pepper.

World's Largest Chile Pepper

Largest chile pepper in the world! Is enclosed behind a gate.

[Hayden, 03/31/2012]
World's Largest Chile Pepper

Built in 2010-2011 by the owners of a motel who thought it would attract tourists to their neighborhood, and give Las Cruces an identity (The chile pepper is New Mexico's favorite crop). This 47-foot-long behemoth also establishes Las Cruces as a rival to Hatch, New Mexico, which claims to be Chile Capital of the World.

Even if the motel changes owners, the fire-engine-red pepper will probably stay; it's an Old School attraction, built of 5,000 pounds of concrete.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 02/08/2012]

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In the region:
World's Largest Firecracker, Chaparral, NM - 35 mi.

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