Wild West Adventure Tour
Your journey takes you to Fort Selden, established in 1865 in an effort to bring peace on the banks of the Rio Grande, this adobe fort housed units of the United States Army Infantry and Cavalry. Their intent was to protect settlers and travelers in the Mesilla Valley from desperados and Apache Indians. Several of the units stationed at the fort were black troopers, referred to as Buffalo Soldiers. By 1890 criminals and raiding parties were no longer considered a threat as hostilities eventually lessened and the fort was no longer needed. Like many small forts in the Southwest the government decommissioned the fort and it was abandoned in 1891. Today the stark adobe brick walls of the frontier past evoke a feeling of personal connection to the past. A visitor center offers exhibits on frontier and military life.
After Fort Selden you will be taken to the banks for the Rio Grande River where you will board an authentic stage coach and ride to the Historic Town of Old Mesilla. There our tour chauffeur/guide will tell you the legendary stories of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Southwest region.
The (not so) Good-Patrick Floyd “Pat” Garrett was an American Old West lawman, bartender, and customs agent who became famous for killing Billy the Kid. He was also the sheriff of Lincoln County, NM as well as Doña Ana County, NM.
The Bad – Henry McCarty better known as Billy the Kid, and also as William H. Bonney, was a 19th-century gunman who participated in the Lincoln County War and became a frontier outlaw in the American Old West. According to legend, he killed twenty-one men
The Ugly – the disappearance of Albert Jennings Fountain and his 8 year old son Henry on February 1, 1896 near White Sands, New Mexico, where only his wagon was left. Fountain was a lawyer, Indian fighter, and Republican politician in Texas and New Mexico. Suspicion centered on two rival landowners, Oliver M. Lee and Albert Fall. Fountain had made many other bitter enemies over thirty years in politics.
Your Wild West Adventure day will end with a dinner served in a legendary restaurant that opened on September 16, 1939 in Old Mesilla. With just four tables on a dirt floor and with no running water. In that year Katy Griggs Camunez started her La Posta Café. Today La Posta draws in visitors from around the world. Explore the Wild West like you mean it! .
Wild West Tour takes about 5 Hours
Visit the history and remains of an 1865 Military Fort
Board a stagecoach and ride the banks of the Rio Grande
Walk and Tour the Historic Mesilla Plaza
Visit the Fountain Theater
Dinner at La Posta in Old Mesilla
Minimum group of 8
Tours not available on Tuesdays, Weekends or Holidays
Rates Based on Maximum Capacity
2-4 Passenger Corporate Sedan $560
10 Passenger Van $800
8 Passenger Limousine $800
14 Passenger Luxury Coach $1,030