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.
White Sands National Monument
At the northern end of the Chihuahuan Desert lies a mountain ringed valley called the Tularosa Basin. Rising from the heart of this basin is one of the world's great natural wonders - the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Visit White Sands National Monument online for more information.
The 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.-5p.m. daily except on Thanksgiving and Christmas. The preserve is open from 8:00 A.M. to sunset year round. The day use fee is $3.00 per vehicle. 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.
Local Area EventsListing Calendar
New Mexico Wine Harvest Wine Festival - Aug 30-Sept 1, 2014
Celebrate the festival with wine tasting, grape stomping, live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, children activities, and wine seminars. Twelve noon to 6 pm each day $13 adults 21 and older, under 21 free but must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian. $3 discount for active duty military on Monday. Located at Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds off I-10 west of Las Cruces at either exit 127 or 132 (follow the signs).
White Sands International Film Festival
An event intended to screen outstanding short and feature length documentaries and narratives of all genres from around the world, and yet retain a special focus on Latino and New Mexico film-making, as well as celebrating outstanding cinema shot with Southern New Mexico as it's amazing back drop. Festival includes film making and acting workshops, and the presentation of the lifetime achievement award.
Annual Frontier Days at Fort Selden State Monument
Step back in time and walk the ruins of a fort originally built by the US Army in 1865, and get a feel for where civilians and soldiers lived protecting local residents. Fort Selden State Monument is located off I-25 at exit 19. Please call (575) 526-8911 or (800) 429-9488 for more information.