Van and Walking Tours

Billy the Kids Tour

This tour follows Billy the Kid’s trail past his most notorious haunts, one at the Old Mesilla Plaza and the other at Outlaw Rock in the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.

Outlaw Rock is in Faulkner Canyon (also known as Stolen Horse Canyon) where Billy and his gang left their mark. Old Mesilla is where Billy escaped from jail on the historic Plaza. Experience Western history and the cultural flair of Old Mesilla along with the natural beauty of Faulkner Canyon in the Robledo Mountains Wilderness.

We will all meet at our office in the Historic Old Dona Ana Courthouse at 251 West Amador at designated times to start the tour. (We do have bathroom facilities at the Courthouse). We will drive over to Old Mesilla, park and walk a short distance over to the Plaza to the old jail building and go over the history of the old Plaza in the days of Billy the Kid and the lively but troubled life of the “Kid”.Our van will pick everyone up at the Plaza where we will head out to Fort Selden to walk through the museum at the fort and how the fort played a part in Billy’s life the days of the old Wild West.

Our van will pick everyone up at the plaza where we will head out to Fort Selden to walk through the museum at the fort and learn how the fort played a part in Billy’s life. We will then load up and drive up to Stolen Horse Canyon to stop at Outlaw Rock, an ancient volcanic “plug”, which from its height, Billy could survey the surrounding areas, looking for a Sheriffs posse or an opportunity such as a passing stagecoach. After a talk at the rock, we will saddle back up and slap leather back to the Dona Ana Courthouse to conclude the tour.

Date and Time: Saturdays, Sundays 9:30am-1;00pm
Meeting Location: Old Dona Ana Courthouse, 251 West Amador, Las Cruces, park and come on in
Participant Limit: 8 per tour
Age Range: 16+

What You Need to Bring

  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera

We will provide cold bottle water and Gatorade to make sure you stay hydrated.

Please note, we need to have a min. of 4 guests to do this tour. You can book tour, but we will not charge your card until we confirm at least 4 persons have signed up. At that time we will call you to confirm your tour and process payment. Thank you!

Call 1-877-808-6877 if you have a larger group or just questions.

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El Camino Real Trail Van/Walking Tour

This tour will experience the nationally designated El Camino Real Trail “The Royal Road of the Interior,” that runs along the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument through the beautiful Mesquite Historic District of Las Cruces.

The Camino Real originally united the Spanish capital of Mexico City with the rich mining districts surrounding Zacatecas and Ciudad Chihuahua. The best-preserved length of the actual El Camino Real lies just northeast of the Robledo Mountains in the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks region, in an area known as the Jornada del Muerto or “the Journey of the Dead Man.”

We will began our tour at the Historic Dona Ana Courthouse, located at 251 W. Amador in Las Cruces. We will load up in the van and follow sections of the historic trail as it runs through parts of the Old Mesquite District in Las Cruces.

We will follow it out to the old town of Dona Ana, where we will stop at the old church and grounds for some great photo opportunities and talk about the rich history of that area.

We will walk a short distance up the old road in town to where the Camino trail came into town, where you can imagine yourself coming into Dona Ana with the caravan after walking 3 months on the trail already!

We will load back up and take you by the old cemetery to view the early 1800’s grave stones and markers of some of the founding members of Dona Ana. We will load back up and continue on the trail to Fort Seldon where the trail used to run through. We will get to tour the great museum at the fort as well.

After we leave the fort, we will run up the road a few miles until we stop and walk a short distance to view the remains of the trail as it left the safety and water of the valley and headed up and into the Jornada del Muerto, “Journey of the dead man,” a 90 mile stretch of trail with no water.

We will then load back up and head back to the Courthouse where we will conclude your tour. The van/walking tour will include iced bottle water and Gatorade to make sure everyone stays hydrated!

Date and Time: Wednesday’s thru Saturdays, 9am to 12am
Meeting Location: Old Dona Ana Courthouse, 251 W. Amador, Las Cruces, NM
Participant Limit: 8 each tour
Age Range: 5+
++ Please note we need a minimum of two persons to offer this tour. We will not charge your card until we confirm the person count. We will contact you to keep you informed of the status of the tour.

What You Need to Bring

  • Camera
  • Sun hats
  • Sunscreen
  • comfortable walking shoes
  • picture ID

Any questions at all, please call David @ 1-877-808-6877, or email at : david@swexpeditions.com

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Historic Dona Ana Courthouse tour

Come join us in exploring this 1937 grand old building! This 37,000 square foot building and old jail annex is a piece of Las Cruces history.

Let us guide you through the now quiet corridors, winding staircases and the creepy old jail annex. The Courthouse was just featured in an episode of the Sci/fi television program, “Ghost Adventures”. There are several other shows/movies that have been filmed in the complex. This one hour, ( maybe slightly over, it is a big building!), tour will take you through all three floors of the building, the beautiful courtroom, the old jail annex and finish up on the roof where you get a bird’s eye view of the Organ Mountains, downtown and the surrounding area’s! You will hear some of the stories from the old courthouse days and the daily work life of the prison guards and their “clients”. You can still see some of the “prison art”, etched and drawn in the old jail cells.

You should book this tour now as this building is going to be completely renovated into a 4 star hotel and conference center and this piece of history will be gone forever!

Tours: Thursday through Sunday, starting at 9am-5pm. Reservations only. Discount Group rate on 10 or more people.

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