Local Area Attractions
Mesilla ("Little Tableland") is the best-known and most visited historical community in Southern New Mexico. Since its' beginning, around 1848, Mesilla has had a major influence on the economic, cultural, historical, and political life of the Mesilla Valley. From the Gadsden Purchase, to the Civil War, to the Butterfield Stage Coach Trail, to the trial of Billy the Kid, to being a lively social center in the 1880s--Mesilla has been a prominent part of the rich history of the Southwest.
New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
This $7.4 million museum celebrates the 3000 year agricultural story of New Mexico...from the first farmers in their rustic pithouses more than 1200 years ago to the modern day technology which is helping New Mexico be a leader in the dairy industry.
Dripping Springs Natural Area
Dripping Springs is an amazing wildlife viewing opportunity with 4 miles of easy hikes. The Center is open to the public from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except on Thanksgiving and Christmas. The preserve is open from 8:00 A.M. to sunset year round. Day use fees apply on a per vehicle basis. As water finds its way to the surface year-round, Dripping Springs is a desert oasis where unique animal species thrive including Red-Tail Hawk, Gambel's Quail, Golden Eagle, Rock Squirrel, Black-Throated Sparrow, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Verdin, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Lesser Nighthawk, Desert Mule Deer and Coyote to name a few. Another good hike from the Visitor Center takes you up to the ruins of Major Eugene Van Patton's Camp, built originally in 1872, later to be a tuberculosis sanatorium in the early 1900s.
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Amador Hotel Ghost Tours
Join El Paso Ghost Tours twice a month to investigate one of Las Cruces' oldest standing buildings, the Amador Hotel. The Amador Hotel dates back to the days of the wild west and the expansion of the railroad heading west. Originally stood as a home and business location for the Amador family. After being closed down for many years the hotel is undergoing a renovation to bring the hotel back to its former glory. Consult El Paso Ghost Tours website and facebook page for date and times for this tour event. EVENT IS CAPPED AT 20 PEOPLE, please arrive early. Tours begin at 8 PM, be sure and arrive by 7:45 PM.
Lake Lucero Tour at White Sands NM
Enjoy a ranger guided hike to Lake Lucero beginning at 10 AM. This three hour, 1.5 mile round trip hike, will allow you to see the gypsum crystal beds of Lake Lucero. Reservations required and special fees apply ($3 each adult; $1.50 per person 15 and under).