Walk the same streets as Billy the Kid and Pancho Villa in Mesilla, where
the Old West lives on. Although the town is small (just 6. 7 square miles),
it’s bustling with places to see and things to do. Whether you visit for
the day or a season, this historic western village will charm you,
just as it has visitors for more than a century.
n STORIED Upon arrival, you’ll want to
head to Mesilla Plaza, designated a historic
landmark in 1961 and the center of village life
as it has been for more than a century. Today,
visitors find Mesilla Plaza to be (almost) as lively
as it was yesteryear. The Old Courthouse, located on the southwest corner,
is a gift shop, with western souvenirs and a Billy the Kid fortune teller.
The north side is dominated by Basilica of San Albino, one of the oldest
churches in the region.
n FESTIVE A good time to visit is during one of the many annual
celebrations held on the plaza throughout the year, such as Dia de los
Muertos in the fall and Luminarias on the Plaza on Christmas Eve.
n ARTSY The Old Mesilla Farmers and Crafts Market takes over the
square each Friday and Sunday, enticing shoppers with locally made
crafts and fresh produce. Surrounding the plaza, the streets are lined with
delightful shops, interesting galleries, and renowned restaurants, serving
area specialties such as local wines and New Mexico’s famous green chile.
n OUTDOORSY Set in a fertile valley just east of Las Cruces, New
Mexico’s second-largest city, Mesilla is surrounded by farms, vineyards,
and orchards, including Stahmann Farms, the world’s largest pecan orchard.
After exploring historic Mesilla, see some of the valley’s natural beauty
by visiting Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park. Located on the Rio Grande
about 1. 5 miles from town, the park has more than 2 miles of hiking trails and
a native plant garden next to a modern, energy-efficient visitor center.
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