New Mexico’s second largest city, Las Cruces, is the cultural and historical crossroads of the Southwest, not to mention one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation. It was selected as a “Top Destination” seven times by Facilities & Destinations Magazine, and has topped the Forbes/Milken Institute’s list of “Best Small Metro Areas for Doing Business.” More than 128,000 square feet of meeting space and 3,000 hotel rooms are available to accommodate groups of 10 to 1,400. And with its location at the intersections of interstates 10 and 25 – less than an hour’s drive from El Paso International Airport – traveling to Las Cruces couldn’t be easier.
Upon arrival, the new 55,000-square-foot Las Cruces Convention Center shines bright. Opened in 2010, the state-of-the-art, Gold LEED-certified facility offers more than 30,000 square feet of both indoor and outdoor meeting space, including a 14,500-square-foot exhibition hall, 9,000-square-foot ballroom and six breakout rooms. Additionally, more than 5,000 square feet are available outdoors. The energy-efficient building features the latest advances in green technology, including photovoltaic cells, which produce 25 percent of the facility’s electricity.
Spice things up with an excursion to some of Las Cruces’ abundant cultural, historic or culinary attractions. Groups can learn about legends such as Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett and Apache Chief Geronimo in Las Cruces museums and shops, sample from the nation’s oldest wine region at several wineries, or tee up at one of Las Cruces’ affordable champion-style golf courses. Of course, nothing says southern New Mexico like chile, and the Las Cruces CVB offers a variety of culinary experiences for groups of five to 50. Some of these options include chile tastings at the Chile Pepper Institute, wine and chile pairings at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum and cooking classes at the Historic Double Eagle Restaurant.
Visit Las Cruces is fully prepared to assist meeting planners at every step of the process, from venue selection and transportation logistics to off-site activities and promotional materials. To request a meeting planners guide, click on the “Plan a Meeting” link on the CVB website at www.lascrucescvb.org.
Las Cruces Meeting Facilities & Special Venues
Las Cruces Convention Center
680 E. University Ave.
Offers 203 guest rooms/suites and more than 30,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 9,000-square-foot ballroom with outdoor covered event area featuring views of the Organ Mountains. In-house, on-site food and beverage service is available.
Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces
705 S. Telshor Blvd.
Offers 10,000 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet facilities. Catering and event planning services are available. The 5,000-square-foot San Andreas Ballroom can accommodate groups up to 500.
Ramada Hotel & Conference Center
201 E. University Ave., one block from New Mexico State University
575-526-4411. Ramada Hotel
Offers 114 guest rooms/suites and 6,250 square feet of meeting space.
Hilton Garden Inn
2550 S. Don Roser Dr. at Interstate 25
Offers 114 guest rooms/suites, a 2,448-square-foot ballroom and boardroom.
New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
4100 Dripping Springs Rd.
Dickerson’s Catering has unlimited on and off-site catering specializing in Western-themed parties and outdoor events. The museum offers a 1,575-square-foot theater, 14,255-square-foot courtyard and other meeting space, as well as hands-on exhibits in blacksmithing, animal and plant life. Cooking, crafts and restoration classes are also offered on site.
New Mexico State University
Located off Interstate 25, exit 1
575-646-4805. Conference Services
The Corbett Center Student Union offers 14 meeting rooms, an auditorium and ballroom space. The Golf Course Banquet Room (located at 3000 Herb Wimberly Dr.) offers a 2,400-square-foot banquet room with seating for 178. The University Club at the Fulton Center (located at 1850 Wells St.) offers an exclusive dining and reception venue with restaurant-style fixed seating for 120 and outdoor patio space for 75.