Wireless internet is available in many Sierra County businesses and public areas.
In T or C’s downtown, BellaLuca Cafe Italiano (Jones @ McAdoo), and Passion Pie Cafe have free wireless. If you’re “uptown” T or C (near the north 179 exit and Walmart), try the hotels or Denny’s Restaurant.
If you need a computer, visit the 4th Street Computer Lab (next door to the T or C Convention Center on 4th street, east of Date), which is just around the corner from the Truth or Consequences Library‘s Computer Lab.
Truth or Consequences‘ Ralph Edwards Park has free wireless thanks to security cameras onsite. The park is located on the eastern edge of downtown. Take Broadway (a one-way) through town and when the street curves left to merge with Date, take the straight-ahead route (right lane). When you come to a T in the road, the park is right in front of you.
Elephant Butte Lake State Park has added WiFi in the main area of the park – meaning, Dirt Dam, Lion’s Beach, and the RV campgrounds.
Wifi is available at several Elephant Butte businesses – the Brassie Bar & Grill, part of The Club at Sierra del Rio Golf Course, Hodges Corner Restaurant or Casa Taco on Highway 195, or Big Food Express near the intersection of Warm Springs Road and Hwy 195.
Cellphones - for now, they don’t work at all in mountain towns like Chloride, Hillsboro and Kingston, but you can sometimes get a signal nearby – the closer you are to Interstate 25, the better luck you’ll have. Even in-town, service varies according to provider. Verizon is generally your best bet; cellphone users report less success with AT&T.
A tip for when you’re out of range – switching your smartphone to “airplane mode” allows you to continue taking photos while preventing your phone from constantly searching for a signal, which can drain the battery.
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