Hello New Mexico! Exploring The Beauty Of Las Cruces & Historic Mesilla – Day 105

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22 Dec

Our first day into New Mexico certainly didn’t disappoint, especially when it came to taking in the beauty of both Las Cruces & historic Mesilla!

New Mexico has been one state that we have really been looking forward to from the very start of our journey.

beauty of las cruces
There is incredible beauty and architecture all over New Mexico, including the Basilica San Albino Catholic Church in Mesilla

For one, neither of us had ever stepped foot into the state before today. But even more, we have both always been fascinated by southwestern culture, architecture, and cuisine.

And we certainly experienced all of that on just our first day into the Land of Enchantment.

The Beauty of New Mexico : Las Cruces & Historic Mesilla

Las Cruces

Our base for the next few days is the incredibly scenic town of Las Cruces. As we often do, we look for an area to camp where we can spend a few days branching out for sightseeing day trips.

Las Cruces is the perfect base for us in New Mexico. It is easily within reach of day trips to Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Roswell.

And Las Cruces is the perfect city for just that purpose! This picturesque town sits on the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, and is within easy day trips to Albuquerque, Roswell, Santa Fe and El Paso.

It’s much easier on us to have a set campsite for a few days, and then take just the truck out for the day. And at the end of the day, we arrive back to the comforts of our teardrop camper to relax.

the beauty of Las Cruces
There is beauty all around in Las Cruces, from the desert landscape, to the cities and towns.

It has been an incredibly wonderful formula that has worked for making this trip so enjoyable!

And, lucky for us this week, I don’t think we could have picked a better campground, or a better city to host us throughout the Christmas holidays.

All around, this area is completely decked out for the Christmas season, and Christmas in New Mexico has been a beautiful sight to behold.

A trip to Historic Mesilla

Just a few miles down from our campsite sits the historic town of Mesilla. Many of our friends and followers had told us to be sure to visit, and were they ever right!

It is like going back in time to explore the old west.

Billy the Kid was tried and sentenced to hang in the Mesilla courthouse.

A century and a half ago, Mesilla was a major stop for travelers between San Antonio and San Diego. It was a true 1800’s western border town, and many of the historic buildings still remain.

The town has had it’s share of fame. In fact, Billy the Kid once stood trial for murder here. And, the Butterfield Stagecoach, which was the precursor to the Pony Express, ran right through town.

the beauty of las cruces
In addition to all of the historic building, the historic town of Mesilla has so many quaint little restaurants, shops and more.

It was so neat to walk through the streets and be able to take it all in.

And to finish what turned out to be a perfect day – we ended with an incredibly authentic and delicious mexican dinner at Andales. We definitely need to hike tomorrow!

Happy Traveling – Jim and Mary!

Trip Stats To Date

  • Day 105 of 365
  • States : 14 / 50
  • National Parks / Monuments : 16
  • Stayed In : Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • Miles Driven : 277.4
  • Total Trip Miles To Date : 11,458.8
  • Total Gallons Used : 836.40
  • Biking Miles : 0.0
  • Biking Miles To Date : 142.5
  • Hiking Miles : 2.5
  • Hiking Miles To Date : 257.2

About Our Living Simple Tour

On September 9th, 2019, we set out in our NuCamp T@B 400 Teardrop Camper to travel to every state. You can check out all of our dates here : Dates for the States

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6 thoughts on “Hello New Mexico! Exploring The Beauty Of Las Cruces & Historic Mesilla – Day 105

  1. We’re also in the area staying at Leasburg Dam SP in our T@B. Check out Dripping Springs for good hiking and White Sands for amazing photos.
    We’re visiting Elephant Butte, T or C and Hatch tomorrow then off to Deming area State Parks.

    1. This area has been absolutely amazing. We did some fantastic hikes and went to White Sands. Yesterday we went to Albuquerque and Hatch as well. We will definitely put Las Cruces on our list to visit again! Safe Travels! Jim and Mary

    1. Hi Bill!!! Not only are we still going strong, we are loving every moment of our trip! It is good to hear from you again and we hope to meet up with you in Florida! Jim and Mary

  2. We are going to the El Paso/Las Cruces area for a wedding this summer and taking our T@B!! Where did you guys camp?? Thanks for the Mesilla tip! we’ll definitely put it on our itinerary!!

    1. I hope you love Las Cruces as much as we did! We stayed right outside of Mesilla at Hacienda RV Resort. Have a wonderful trip!

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