Often referred to as the "Cultural Crossroads of the Southwest," Las Cruces, located in southern New Mexico, enjoys 350 days of sunshine a year and a wide range of outdoor activities, like golfing, biking, hiking and tennis; as well as a diverse assortment of museums, fine arts and shopping. History and culture are fascinating here and stories about Billy the Kid and Apache Chief Geronimo, who left their mark on the land and its people, are abundant. Las Cruces event venues include a state-of-the-art LEED-certified convention center that, combined with many unique events and festivals, makes that destination memorable for meetings and conventions.
Resting at the foot of the rugged Organ Mountains and along the banks of the Rio Grande and at the crossroads of Interstates 10 and 25, Las Cruces is easily accessible. Air travel is through the El Paso International Airport, only 45 minutes south of Las Cruces. (The Las Cruces International Airport offers in-state commuter service as well as private and charter aircraft.)
Chief among event venues, Las Cruces Convention Center offers 55,000 square feet of space. The facility features a 15,000-square-foot exhibition hall as well as a 9,000-square-foot ballroom. There are six breakout rooms totaling nearly 3,000 square feet. Additionally, there is over 5,000 square feet of outdoor space and 8,500 square feet of indoor pre-function space. This LEED-certified facility features a variety of renewable energy efforts throughout.
Other event venues in Las Cruces are varied and include the Alameda House, one of the oldest historic properties in the city; several wineries; the Rio Grande Theater; and the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum.
Hotel venues in Las Cruces include the 203-room Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces, with 12,000 square feet of meeting space; the 158-room Days Inn & Suites Mesilla Valley Conference Center, with 8,000 square feet of meeting space; the 114-room Ramada Palms de Las Cruces, with 7,000 square feet of meeting space; and the 73-room Drury Inn & Suites - Las Cruces, NM, with 5,500 square feet of space. There is also a conference service center at New Mexico State University with additional meeting space.
Las Cruces is located in the heart of the chile capital of the world and features some of the best Mexican food. The area's age-old culture, heritage and hospitality is featured at its many festivals that include the International Mariachi Conference, the La Vina Wine Festival, Renaissance ArtsFaire, the Whole Enchilada Fiesta, Cowboy Days and Frontier Days. The Las Cruces Farmers and Crafts Market has over 150 vendors who gather weekly to offer fresh local produce, honey, herbs, spices, and arts and crafts.