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 grottos, 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 sunrise 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 on down to the onsite restaurant, which serves Mexican-style dishes such as shrimp fajitas and flatiron chipotle steak. You can also head downtown to explore Las Cruces’s shops and galleries.
Las Cruces, New Mexico: Pedestrian-Friendly Main Streets Close to White Sands National Monument
The city of Las Cruces, the second-largest city in New Mexico, is located far enough south in the state that it nearly touches Mexico. Las Cruces is also 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.
While Las Cruces certainly has the hot climate and sun-baked streets of a desert town, it's actually in the heart of 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, and you can learn about it 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 giant, 275-mile-wide gypsum dune field with an unearthly, Sahara-desert-like surface.