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Old Mesilla Village, Las Cruces

(4.3/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web)
A small town of 2,200 people, Old Mesilla Village brings New Mexico history to life. Many current residents are direct descendants of the original settlers, who were a mix of Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo-American. The traditional architecture and adobe-style buildings still line the town's streets. Several families provide guided tours of the town, or you can pick up a brochure at the book center on the Plaza and take a self-guided walking tour of the area. Don't miss the Basilica of San Albino, constructed in 1855 of adobe. The church, which holds services in English and in Spanish, was rebuilt to its current state in 1906. This small town has played a role in many historical events, such as the Gadsden Purchase, the Civil War, and the trial of Billy the Kid--an outlaw of the Old West. Make Old Mesilla Village part of your personalized Las Cruces itinerary using our Las Cruces travel itinerary planner.
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  • We were there on a Sunday afternoon and most of the shops were closed. This place doesn't really feel authentic and the number of tourists made it feel worse. It is nice for a stroll but that's it.  more »
  • This is a beautiful old village very reminiscent of New Mexico during the Lincoln County War days. A lovely old adobe church along with a few great restaurants and interesting shops grace the plaza.  more »
  • We loved walking around this village. It has real town feel to it, not like the polished version in Santa Fe. There are several nice shops and restaurants, and we found the people working in them to b...  more »