Meeting Planners Need to Know: Holding a Meeting in Las Cruces

If you’re looking to hold a convention in a city that’s steeped in history with a Western influence, then Las Cruces is the place for you.

Here are four things you need to know about Las Cruces ahead of holding a meeting or convention here!

 

Getting Here

Las Cruces is about three hours from Albuquerque and its Albuquerque International Sunport. Don’t be daunted by the distance – the two cities are conveniently linked by I-25, making for an easy drive and one full of scenic mesa and lake vistas along with fun and unique places to stop. This city is about 50 minutes from El Paso, TX, which also has an airport. It’s location at the junction of Interstate 10, US Route 70 and US Route 85 makes Las Cruces easily reachable from a number of major cities in the Southwest.

Hotel Encanto offers a resort-style pool and spectacular city views

Hotel Encanto offers a resort-style pool and spectacular city views

 

Hotel Rooms & Meeting Spaces

Las Cruces meeting venues, including the Las Cruces Convention Center and numerous hotels, feature about 128,000 sq. ft. of space for your events. You’ll find nearly 3,300 guest rooms in the city’s hotels. Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces offers more than 10,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor event space and 204 rooms and suites. The hotel, which boasts stunning views of the Mesilla Valley and Organ Mountains, brings together the most modern amenities and Spanish Colonial design. The resort-style pool invites business travelers to extend their stays, and the pool-side terrace is the perfect spot for an outdoor dinner or cocktail party. Hotel E, as it’s affectionately known, is also Virgin Galactic’s official preferred hotel in Doña Ana County.

 

Navigating

Most visitors choose to rent a car or drive to Las Cruces. Major city thoroughfares  include Main Street (US 70) and E. Lohman Avenue. Its bus system, RoadRUNNER Transit, links major attractions like City Hall, the Mesilla Valley Mall and New Mexico State University. Taxi services are also available, but riders must call in advance.

 

Culture

Explore Western influence on Las Cruces at The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum

Explore Western influence on Las Cruces at The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum

Las Cruces boasts a strong agricultural history evident in its major attractions.

·         Chile Pepper Institute at New Mexico State University – Learn all about New Mexico’s famous green chile

·         New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum – Features hands-on exhibits, livestock and as well as a Heart of the Desert Pistachios & Wines tasting room

·          Old Mesilla, NM – The area’s historic hub dating far earlier than the Spanish conquest features great historic sites and local shops

·         Wine –  Southern New Mexico also has the distinction of being the country’s oldest wine-growing region. The strong tradition is alive and well, with numerous wineries dotting the area open for tastings. The region is also prime for pecan farming.

Now that you know the lay of the land in Las Cruces, what are you waiting for? Start planning your event today!

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