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Old Mesilla Village, Las Cruces

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Must see · Historic Site · Tourist Spot
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. Add Old Mesilla Village to your Las Cruces travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Las Cruces trip builder.
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  • The only bummer was I rocked up at 5pm and that's when most shops closed (I'm leading with this bc another review also mentions 5pm but doesn't mention that detail). Otherwise, my walk around the...  more »
  • We strolled around Old Mesilla Village on a Wednesday evening, just after 5 PM and found everything except for a couple of restaurants to be already closed. The main town square is quite nice, but...  more »
  • I love it here, just to walk around. The shops are so nice to go into, there's a variety of everything to buy. The book store is so cute, I love the crystal shop and the tea shop is amazing as well!!
  • A fun place to look threw small shops. Just opened today for customers inside.
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