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Old Mesilla Village, Las Cruces

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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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  • Nice to see a Mexican/Spanish Plaza, but these days Mesilla is all about tourism... What can I say... Buying stuff is overrated. 
  • This is almost like walking through the streets of Mexico. Numerous buildings around the square are shops to browse in and there are many restaurants available as well. Dogs are welcome inmost of the ...  more »
  • Really enjoyed our visit to Old Mesilla Village. There are wine tastings, local artists, local flavors at restaurants and jewelry shops and more. If you want history on Billy the Kid, this is the plac...  more »