Given the ongoing public health restrictions regarding COVID-19, all previously scheduled weekend events have been canceled until further notice. Anyone interested in receiving information about moving to Las Cruces can email: If you are already planning to visit, contact the email above with the scheduled date(s) for assistance with itineraries and local contacts. Thank you for your understanding.

Thinking of relocating to the sunny southwest? Take a discovery tour during an Explore to Live weekend and experience the vibrant and welcoming community of Las Cruces, New Mexico. During a weekend escape to the Land of Enchantment, visitors take advantage of great hotel rates and the and the opportunity to connect with members of the Las Cruces Home Builders Association at the Showcase of Homes, realtors, and future neighbors.

SEPT. 11-13, 2020 (Canceled until further notice)
Explore to Live Fall Dates

A charming city with a vibrant culture, Las Cruces is what most would describe as a hidden gem. Whether you’re interested in our monumental vistas, our rich history, or our unique cuisine, Las Cruces is the perfect place to visit, live, work, and play. Visiting Las Cruces means exploring, experiencing, and discovering the great Southern New Mexican outdoors, award-winning cuisine, historic landmarks and one-of-a-kind experiences.

Sign up for the Explore to Live Weekend before August 11, 2020 for a nightly rate of $99 at Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces. (Registration for Explore to Live Weekend required to receive hotel reservation code.)


Welcome Reception

The Welcome Reception typically take place on a Friday from 5–7 p.m. in Las Cruces, NM at Azul Ultra Lounge located in Hotel Encanto at 705 S Telshor Blvd.


Weekend Activities

Saturday and Sunday are unscheduled so that guests can explore the community and its many attractions.

Dine al fresco at one our many Mexican restaurants serving world-famous Hatch green chile grown here in the valley, learn about local agriculture at the only research-based international Chile Pepper Institute in the world, and hike one of our many areas: Dripping Springs natural area, Aguirre Springs, the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, the Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, or the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park. If you aren’t the outdoors-type, you can explore the Arts & Cultural District downtown—catch a film or musical performance, grab a bite or a brew, and check out one of the many museums and art galleries downtown.

Take full advantage of your visit to Las Cruces by taking time to enjoy Diez y seis de Septiembre in Historic Mesilla, one of the many cultural festivals held throughout the year. Explore a full list of annual events.


Monday Morning Networking

Monday, at 10:30 a.m. at Salud! de Mesilla for brunch & wrap-up.

1800 Avenida de Mesilla B.

Wrap up your weekend by networking with the Visit Las Cruces team. If you would like to chat about a specific interest, employment or business opportunities, or real estate, please let us know in advance so we can invite an expert to Monday Morning Network brunch.

Times and Locations are subject to change.

Fall Weekend Registration is canceled until further notice.

Sign Up For the Explore to Live Weekend

Business Opportunities

If you are interested in learning about business opportunities in Las Cruces, please reach out to the City of Las Cruces business development team at 575-541-2286 or email


Thinking about signing up for a Explore to Live Weekend but have some questions first? Please read these frequently asked questions below.


What is the cost of the Explore to Live Weekend?

The only cost is related to your own personal travel, and that of lodging which is a $99/night rate + tax at Hotel Encanto. To qualify for the program, guests book their own 3-night stay at Hotel Encanto


Can I sign up for the Explore to Live weekend if I am not a U.S. resident?

The Explore to Live Weekend is not an immigration or work visa program. Citizens of foreign countries interested in traveling, living or working in Las Cruces, New Mexico need to secure the appropriate visa from the U.S. State Department. You can find more information here.

If you have more questions than we covered here, please email

Did You Know?

  • Las Cruces is located in the largest pecan producing county in the world and the oldest wine producing region in the US
  • Famous lawman Pat Garrett is buried in Las Cruces
  • Las Cruces is surrounded by 3 national monuments, one of which is White Sands National Monument, a gypsum dune field that covers 224.6 square miles
  • Las Cruces is home to Virgin Galactic, a spaceflight company aimed to provide suborbital spaceflights to space tourists. Virgin Galactic is the anchor tenant at Spaceport America in New Mexico, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport.

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