Well, here’s a nice little town! Just south of Las Cruces New Mexico, about 20 miles north of the border with Mexico, you can take a step back in time in a charming town reminiscent of old Mexico. A mission-style church and adobe buildings line the streets of the town square where you will find restaurants, the (only) Billy the Kid Gift Shop, and enjoy an ice cream. There are galleries with fine southwest art and jewelry, boutiques, and western wear. Mesilla, New Mexico is indeed, a step back in time.
The historic bandstand in the square is a national monument. In days gone by, the square saw outlaws and cattle rustlers who came to town to kick off steam. Two different stage coach lines ran through town in the 1800’s and before that, the government had to build a fort to keep the settlers safe from the Apache Indians. The oldest building in town is now the Double Eagle Restaurant, built in the 1840’s, and was a well known watering hole along the trail. The building comes complete with two colorful ghosts. But, alas, Mesilla fell by the wayside to Las Cruces when the railroad picked the much smaller town for its hub.
Today, Mesilla is known for its chiles. Strings of red chiles, called “ristras,” are often hung throughout the southwest as decorations. There are dozens of historic homes in the area as well as newer “Spanish-Pueblo Revival” and “Mission Revival” residences. The town is at 3,881 feet so the climate is considered high desert. Hot summers and cooler winters. Just over 2,000 people call Mesilla home and 17% are over the age of 65. The price of homes is all over the map. You can find everything from (several) manufactured homes in the $150,000 range up to the millions for hacienda styled newer homes. We also noted that there is a lot of land for sale where you could build your own home. We also found rentals in the $650 – 1,000 range. Las Cruces is right next door with an airport and the other big airport is in El Paso, just 25 miles away. There is a large medical center nearby, Amtrak, and major shopping centers.
The weather averages a mild 40-high 50’s in January up to the high 90’s – 100’s in July and August. If you just want to bring the RV down in the winter, the Sunny Acres Park is closest to Mesilla with long pull thru sites, wifi, cable, etc.
Warning: If you are thinking of coming down to the area to cross the border for medical/dental care, be sure to visit the State Department’s website for travel advisories. Juarez, Mexico is notorious for crime, but there may be other areas where you can cross safely.
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