Spacious Rooms in Downtown Las Cruces
Stepping into Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces in downtown Las Cruces feels a little like stepping into an old Spanish villa. Carved grottoes, tiled floors, exposed wooden beams, and dramatic local artwork are tucked within stucco walls. The hotel looks out over New Mexico's Mesilla Valley, and you can get views of both mountains and bustling city streets.
Each superior and executive room is equipped with free WiFi and premium TV channels. You can watch the sun set behind the heated outdoor pool from some west-side rooms. From the east side, you may be able to catch the sun rise as it peeks over the Organ Mountains—just be sure to retract the blackout drapes, or you'll miss the whole thing.
When you’re ready, head to the onsite restaurant Garduño’s, which serves Mexican-style dishes such as shrimp fajitas and chipotle-topped rib eyes. You can also grab a bite poolside or sip signature cocktails from the onsite Azul Ultra Lounge.
Las Cruces, New Mexico: Pedestrian-Friendly Main Streets Close to White Sands National Monument
Las Cruces, New Mexico's second-largest city, is surrounded by the spectacular Organ Mountains, whose snowcapped peaks dominate the arid landscape. The historical downtown of Las Cruces centers on its car-free Main Street, which has six blocks of shops, farmers'-market stands, handicraft stalls, and restaurants.
Though Las Cruces certainly has the hot climate and sun-baked streets of a desert town, it's in the Rio Grande's flood plain and center for agriculture, the Mesilla Valley. The area's farming and ranching culture goes back more than 3,000 years; you can learn about it at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, which has 600,000 square feet of exhibits on topics ranging from antique ranching equipment to the evolution of farming. Las Cruces is also close to the popular White Sands National Monument, a 275-mile-wide gypsum dune field with a Sahara-desert-like surface.