Space Tourism

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Space Tourism at Spaceport America Las Cruces

Spaceport America, located just an hour from Las Cruces, is defining space travel for this generation. Built specifically in support of commercial space travel, Spaceport America is home to space vehicles belonging to Virgin Galactic and SpaceX. This unique facility serves as a launch pad for both commercial and private companies, and bus tours are available to the public.

Spaceport America is home to an impressive list of world-leading aerospace companies. The facility's anchor tenant is Virgin Galactic, and other resident companies include Lockheed Martin and Up Aerospace, Inc. Virgin Galactic is the first commercial spaceline that plans to offer public space travel.

Official Spaceport America Las Cruces Hotel

We are pleased to announce that Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces has been selected by Virgin Galactic as their official preferred hotel and resort in Doña Ana County. This means we are able to host Virgin Galactic’s astronauts and their guests, as well as any New Mexico space tourism guests. Extensive remodeling is planned to improve the Hotel Encanto guest room experience, providing an out-of-this-world, first-class stay for our VIP Virgin Galactic guests as well as anyone who visits Las Cruces.  Our Las Cruces hotel will also be offering Spaceport Tour packages in the future so that everyone can experience the excitement of commercial space tourism.

NM Museum of Space History Alamogordo, NM

Las Cruces Space Tourism Opportunities

The best way to experience the world of Spaceport America is through a tour of the facility. Follow the Sun Tours offers bus tours, which operate Friday through Sunday and include a drive down the main runway, as well as a hard hat tour of the Spaceport Operations Center. This extensive tour lasts 3 - 4 hours and also includes interesting stories about New Mexico history and some of its famous characters, as well as an in-depth spaceport introduction. For more details, visit

In addition to Spaceport America, there are other New Mexico space tourism sites in our area, including White Sands and the Space Museum in Alamogordo. Our hotel in Las Cruces, NM is also developing future exclusive packages which will explore these areas.

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