Only 15 minutes from the quirky artist town of Truth or Consequences, which is known for it's healing hot springs, and only 10 miles from New Mexico's Largest Lake, Elephant Butte State Park.
It is located conveniently 8 miles off I-25 - 2 hours south of Albuquerque, 3 hours from Santa Fe and 2 hours north of El Paso, Texas.
Truth or Consequences, New Mexico is a hot springs and spa city and is the county seat of Sierra County, New Mexico, United States. As of the 2000 census, the population was 7,289. It is commonly known within New Mexico as T or C. Originally named Hot Springs, the city changed its name to Truth or Consequences, the title of a popular NBC radio program. In 1950, Ralph Edwards, the host of the radio quiz show Truth or Consequences announced that he would air the program from the first town that renamed itself after the show. Hot Springs, NM won the honor. Ralph Edwards came to the town during the first weekend of May for the next fifty years. This event was called "Fiesta" and included a beauty contest, a parade, and a stage show. The city still celebrates Fiesta each year on the first Saturday of May. The parade generally features area celebrities such as the Hatch Chile Queen. Fiesta also features a dance in Ralph Edwards Park.
Hot Springs - Ten historic bathhouses are located in the easily walkable historic hot springs district, which overlaps with T or C's business district. These bathhouses were the town's biggest draw in the Hot Springs era, back when T or C was advertised as the City of Health!
The City of Elephant Butte is nestled on the shores of New Mexico’s largest lake and located between two major metropolitan areas (Albuquerque & El Paso), was named for the extinct volcanic cinder cone that resembles an elephant, located at the south end of the lake by the dam. Elephant Butte offers travelers great motels, restaurants, churches, service stations, bait shops, banks, auto/boat sales & repair, gift shops, fishing & tour guide services and more. Located along the Geronimo Byway, Elephant Butte is a hub for day trips to local historical sites and the Gila National Forest.This clean and quiet community is a great place to get away from it all for a day or a lifetime. The climate is ideal for year-round outdoor activities and special events.
The Apache Kid Wilderness is a 44,626-acre (181 km2) wilderness area located within the Cibola National Forest in the U.S. state of New Mexico. Straddling a southern portion of the San Mateo Mountains of southwestern Socorro County, the area is characterized by rugged, narrow, and steep canyons bisecting high mountain peaks exceeding 10,000 feet (3,048 m). Some 68 miles (109 km) of trails, approximately one third of which are in primitive condition, provide access to the Wilderness. The Wilderness is named for a Native American called The Apache Kid (Haskay-bay-nay-natyl). Angered by his relentless raids, local ranchers hunted him down to Blue Mountain, killed him and blazed a tree to mark the spot. The hacked remains of the tree can still be seen today.
The Rio Grande River bisects the county. Ideal for boating, fishing, and water sports of all kinds, the river offers peak recreation opportunities in a setting of pristine beauty. Originating more than 12,000 feet above sea level as a clear, snow-fed stream in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, it pours through the Rocky Mountains and descends across steppes and deserts. Here in Sierra County, the Rio Grande feeds two vast lakes (Elephant Butte and Caballo).