Visit Las Vegas New Mexico
The Historic Plaza Hotel – Las Vegas, New Mexico
A visit to Las Vegas, New Mexico is like stepping back in time…a place where “landmarks, legends and lore” come to life in New Mexico’s favorite and best preserved outdoor architectural museums and National treasure with 5 MainStreet historic districts and over 900 buildings listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Situated in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains is a small town with a unique culture and beautiful landscapes. This small town was once the largest town in the entire southwest and has held its size while the world has grown.
It is the only one with over 900 historic buildings on the Historic Registry. Las Vegas is also home to the only United World College in the country.
In 1835, Las Vegas was officially founded as Senora de Los Dolores de Las Vegas or Our Lady of Sorrows of the Meadows. Although Las Vegas was considered part of New Mexico following the Mexican war, it had a rich and vast history with the Paleo-Indians and the Anasazi and Mogollon cultures. The town was a thriving farming town which celebrated an annual fiesta honoring saints James and Ann for providing the water needed to feed the community. This celebration became known as the Fourth of July Fiestas in 1888. We continue to celebrate the fiestas every year with food, entertainment, parades and outdoor activities.
Upon becoming part of the United States, Las Vegas also became the largest community in the Southwest and housed some of the most wanted rebels. Later in the years, the Santa Fe Railroad ran tracks through the town, attracting various cultures and making Las Vegas the central location for ice distribution along the Gallinas River in the Montezuma Pond.
Las Vegas was the historic home of many economic and cultural endeavors such as film-making, theater performance, ice distribution, railroad travels, Harvey houses, gold & silver mining, cowboy parades and so much more. The growth created West Las Vegas and East Las Vegas which were later combined and made into one town but still maintaining the East and West division and cultures.
Directions and Parking
FREE PUBLIC PARKING is available behind the Las Vegas Police Department at the top of the Plaza at 318 Moreno St, Las Vegas, NM 87701 (see image above). There is also FREE PARKING in the Valencia Street parking lot located just off Bridge Street, with access to Bridge Street and the Plaza through a breezeway (see image to the right.)
Directions from Albuquerque or Santa Fe – I-25 North to exit 345. Left onto NM 104 (East University Avenue) to National Avenue. Cross the Gallinas River bridge (becomes Bridge Street). Parking on Bridge Street or the FREE public parking lot. To get to FREE parking turn right onto Valencia Street after you cross the bridge. Parking is to the left of Valencia Street. From here you can enter onto Bridge Street, then up the hill to Plaza Street and the Plaza Park and Gazebo (follow the sounds of Summer !).