Basilica of San Albino Church in Historic Mesilla, NM

Las Cruces Culture, Art, Shopping and More

New Mexico’s second largest city is a thriving blend of university energy and relaxed old Mexican charm.

Things to do in Las Cruces include indulging in Southwestern dishes flavored with the smoky heat of roasted green chile from the nearby Hatch Valley and summer sledding down the pristine sand dunes at White Sands National Monument. The multicultural nature of Las Cruces history is showcased in the nearby town of Old Mesilla, with its historic plaza and beautifully preserved adobe buildings, where the Las Cruces shopping is first-rate.

Just half an hour from the Mexican border, many Las Cruces events and entertainment includes the vibrant rhythms of Mariachi music, while Las Cruces art galleries showcase both its Old West ranching and cowboy history as well as the work of intriguing contemporary artists.
White Sands National Monument World Famous Attractions Near Las Cruces

Las Cruces art and culture are also influenced by New Mexico State University, which contributes to the quality of events available year-round in this city of 100,000 people. One of the premier Las Cruces summer events is the Southern New Mexico Wine Harvest Festival, made possible by the fact that Las Cruces shares the same global latitude as some of Europe’s best wine-growing regions.

Fall brings a host of major events, including the White Sands International Film Festival and the Southern New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo. Las Cruces winter events begin with the spectacular International Mariachi Conference in November and Old Mesilla welcomes the holidays with Christmas carols and Luminarias on their historic plaza Christmas Eve.

Book our White Sands Adventure Package for a complimentary "sand sled" rental for two, along with a stay in our deluxe guestrooms at Hotel Encanto.

No matter when you choose to visit Las Cruces, you will find this “City of the Crosses” to be filled with both historic Southwestern culture and a lively modern energy. So come stay at Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces and explore all that southern New Mexico has to offer.

To show our appreciation to our friends and neighbors, Hotel Encanto is pleased to offer 20% off for New mexico residents at our Las Cruces luxury hotel.


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