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.
Local Area EventsListing Calendar
Every Friday and Sunday in Old Mesilla Plaza. Friday hours 11 am to 4 pm, Sunday hours 12-4 pm. Features locally grown produce and homemade craft vendors. Free Admission.
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.
New Mexico Wine Harvest Wine Festival
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; younger than 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).