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April 7 2019 Open House at Spaceport America

Spaceport America Open House: April 7, 2019

Register now to visit Spaceport America, 35 miles southeast of Truth or Consequences New Mexico, during the April 7 2019 Open House.

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Annual Gathering of Quilts and Sierra County Wood Carvers

Here’s your chance to see hundreds of quilts on display at the Ralph Edwards Civic Auditorium! Vendors and raffles are included. Wood carvers show off their wares next door.

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Events in Truth or Consequences New Mexico

Upcoming Events in Sierra County

February 2019: Polar Bear Plunge, Goddess Empowerment, Annual Quilt Show, Yoga, Art Hop, and so much Live Music, including Paper Moon Shiners on Valentine’s Eve and Ruben Moreno Creole Trio on February 6.

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AKC Dog Show in Truth or Consequences

4-Day AKC Dog Show October 11-14
in Truth or Consequences

Are you a cynophilist? (That’s a fancy word for dog enthusiast.) If so, then you won’t want to miss the AKC Dog Show happening in Truth or Consequences in mid-October!

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hike Sierra County

39ish Things To Do While You’re Here

Consult our list of attractions and activities if you never want to run out of things to do in Truth or Consequences and Sierra County!

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music pavilion at the Black Range Lodge

Pickamania 2018 in Kingston NM

Pickamania — a weekend-long showcase of live music set in Kingston New Mexico, has evolved from its origins as a backyard party hosted in a garlic shed into a festival celebrating the love of acoustic music of all genres.

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Shuttle Service Truth or Consequences

Free Rides!
Friday, Saturday & some Sundays
Memorial Day through Labor Day

Sierra County is offering FREE RIDES between Elephant Butte and Truth or Consequences – Fridays, Saturdays and select Sundays through the summer – on “The Shuttle.”

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hiking path at Elephant Butte Lake, New Mexico

Hiking at Elephant Butte’s West Lakeshore Trail

West Lakeshore Trail, 5 miles from Truth or Consequences, hugs the western shoreline of Elephant Butte Lake, spanning a 12-mile stretch of scenic desert landscape.

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Sierra County Advocate 1907

A Glimpse into History: The Sierra County Advocate, 1907

We enjoyed seeing a few pages from the Sierra County Advocate’s April 19, 1907 issue. That’s more than 110 years ago!

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Kayak rental

Get Outdoors and Onto the Water!

Memorial Day Weekend is nearly here! The weather is hotter’n blazes in southern New Mexico, but fortunately, there is a lot of cool refreshing water (2 lakes, the Rio Grande) just waiting for you to enjoy it!

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Kayak Fishing Tournament

Kayak Fishing Tournament May 19-21

This catch-photo-release tournament is open to any non-motorized watercraft—canoe, kayak, rowboat, etc. Prize categories include largest & smallest largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye.

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bottles of wine at Black Range Vineyards in Hillsboro

Local Wineries & Wine Tasting

Three wineries in Sierra County – Shattuck Vineyards in Caballo, Black Range Vineyards in Hillsboro, & Point Blanc Winery in Truth or Consequences – sell local wine and offer wine tastings.

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Rose, a new film made in Truth or Consequences

Film in Sierra County: Rod McCall‘s “Rose”

Judging by the trailer, “Rose” – filmed in Truth or Consequences and the surrounding county – is going to be great! Stars Cybill Shepherd, Pam Grier, James Brolin, Cindy Pickett, Julio Cedillo, Erik Fellows, and Amy Davidson.

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massage and craniosacral treatments

Spa Treatments Designed to Unwind

Pamper yourself at one of Sierra County’s Spa Facilities! From Truth or Consequences to Kingston, you’ll find a variety of treatments: massage of all kinds including Ashi-Thai, plus craniosacral, wraps, mani-pedis, tarot, astrology, and (of course!) hot springs.

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Elephant Butte Dam during construction

Elephant Butte Dam Centennial Celebration
October 7-22, 2016

When Elephant Butte Dam was completed in 1916, it was an engineering wonder, the largest facility of its kind in the world.

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local artist retreats

Artist Residencies and Retreats

Sierra County has several options for artists looking for residencies and retreats.

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tortoise at Turner Ranch

Video: Armendaris & Ladder Ranch Tours

Ted Turner Enterprises’ ecotours in Sierra County take guests to areas of unspoiled beauty. This video offers a preview.

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Truth or Consequences Centennial 2016

Truth or Consequences Centennial Celebration

A lively schedule of events is planned for a Centennial Celebration to be held June 10-12.

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Truth or Consequences 2016 Fiesta

2016 Truth or Consequences Fiesta

The 2016 Truth or Consequences Fiesta features familiar activities like the Parade, Junk Boat Race and Kids Fishing Derby, plus a brand new event: the Film Fiesta.

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elephant butte lake levels rising

Elephant Butte Restaurant News Spring 2016

Hungry at the Lake? Burgers & Buns will be open for the season starting Easter Sunday. Damsite Restaurant opens May 1.

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Chloride Bank Cafe

Country Dining in Sierra County

Sierra County has some charming restaurants that are off the beaten path. Enjoy a scenic drive to these dining spots in Hillsboro, Chloride and Arrey.

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Elephant Butte's Luminaria Beachwalk

‘Tis the Season for Lights & Luminarias

Old-Fashioned Christmas & Elephant Butte’s Luminaria Beachwalk are two festive events happening the 2nd weekend in December.

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November 19, 1983: “Stephen King Day” in T or C

Stephen King in Truth or Consequences? Yes, that happened, on November 19, 1983.

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Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta 2015

The Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta is August 22 & 23. It coincides with Elephant Days (It’s A Luau!) and a Carnival. Ascensions start early in the morning and evening balloon glows are planned.

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Elephant Butte Lake stocked with black bass

Fishstock II

Elephant Butte Lake State Park, Fish & Game, and a team of volunteers introduced approximately 40,000 fish into the waters of the reservoir on August 13 2015.

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The Genesis sculpture outside Spaceport America

Touring Spaceport America

The Spaceport America tour lasts approximately 4 hours, and includes a look at the Gateway to Space, the Spaceport Operation Center, the runway, and history & information on the area.

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Lee Belle Johnson Building

Downtown Visitor Centers – Spaceport America & Geronimo Trail National Scenic Byway

Downtown Truth or Consequences has two new Visitor Centers located in the heart of the hot springs district. The Spaceport America Visitor Center and the Geronimo Trail VIsitor Center opened to the public on June 26.

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July 4 at Elephant Butte Lake

BIG 4th of July 2015 Weekend in Elephant Butte New Mexico!

Fourth of July 2015 at Elephant Butte Lake will include a Sand Castle Building Contest, RV & Boat Show, and the big Fireworks Show.

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Lee Belle Johnson Center

Spaceport America Visitor Center in the Historic LBJ

The City of Truth or Consequences, with enthusiastic support from the New Mexico Historic Preservation Office, is currently overseeing revisions to the Lee Belle Johnson Center, which is set to open in late June as an interim Spaceport America Visitor Center.

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BMX rider flying high

Topless Pool & New BMX Bike Track in T or C

The City Pool uncovers in the hot springs district while a BMX bike track debuts on south Broadway.

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fishing at Elephant Butte Lake

Volunteers Needed to Move Fish!

A fish-stocking effort in early May added about 20,000 young fish to the waters of Elephant Butte Lake.

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Fiesta Parade - Truth or Consequences Fiesta

2015 FIESTA! The Curious Townie on The Morning Brew with Friends

“Curious Townie” Steven Westman loves all of NM, and has a great appreciation for Truth or Consequences. Here, he promotes Fiesta on The Morning Brew.

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Damsite in Elephant Butte

Sierra County Restaurant News April 2015

NOW OPEN: Stone Age Cafe, Los Fidencios, Dam Site, and General Store Cafe: restaurant news for Truth or Consequences, Elephant Butte, and Hillsboro.

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soaking in the hot springs of Truth or Consequences NM

Truth or Consequences: New Mexico True

A new commercial for Truth or Consequences, its downtown, and ten wonderful hot spring spas.

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Bedroxx Bowling Center in Truth or Consequences

Bowling is Back in T or C!

The Bedroxx Bowling Alley has reopened – leagues are forming in April, lessons and pro shop available now.

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Geronimo Springs Museum entrance Truth or Consequences New Mexico

Museums & Organizations Preserve the History of Sierra County New Mexico

Two historical societies, some fabulous museums (Geronimo! Pioneer Store!) and the Kingston Spit and Whittle Club keep history alive in Sierra County.

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first day hike across Elephant Butte Dam

Healthy New Year! Move into 2015 with a Walk, Run, Yoga Retreat or Healing Workshop

Sierra County rings in 2015 with Health: First Day Hikes, a Full Moon Run and 2 wellness workshops.

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Sierra Grande Lodge

Truth or Consequences Hot Springs News: Sprucing Up, Adding On, Branching Out

Hot news in the old hot springs district!

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Hay-Yo-Kay sign

Hay-Yo-Kay-No-Mo! Enter La Paloma Too

La Paloma Too, formerly Hay-Yo-Kay, opens for soaks on November 28.

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Energy Artist Marcia McCoy’s Photos Featured During Art Hop

Marcia McCoy’s photos of Truth or Consequences plus 2 books related to the imagery will be featured at the November Art Hop in downtown T or C.

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Four Shillings Short

Four Shillings Short – Celebrating the Celtic New Year

Four Shillings Short will celebrate the Celtic New Year – a precursor to modern-day Halloween – on October 26 in T or C.

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post office with Boris Deutsch mural, downtown Truth or Consequences New Mexico

2014 State Architectural Tour of Truth or Consequences and Elephant Butte

On October 25 2014, an Architectural Tour of Truth or Consequences and Elephant Butte will be held for members of the New Mexico Architectural Foundation.

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sound healing bowls

Sound Healing + Healing Waters = A Unique Opportunity

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to soak in the wonderful hot springs of Truth or Consequences while basking in healing music performed live by “Sees The Day.”

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Elephant Butte Lake RV Resort

New in Elephant Butte! An Indoor Pool & Recreation Facility plus Meeting & Banquet Space at the Elephant Butte Lake RV Resort

Elephant Butte Lake RV Resort has opened a beautiful new recreation facility that features an indoor swimming pool as well as banquet and meeting capability.

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T or C to Host 16th New Mexico Archaeology Fair October 4th

“Travel Through Time” at the 16th New Mexico Architectural Fair at Ralph Edwards Park in Truth or Consequences on October 4 from 10am-4pm.

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It’s Still Summer at Elephant Butte Lake State Park!

We may be well into September, but it’s still summer in Sierra County – and there’s plenty of water and fresh air for fishing, boating, floating and flying.

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New Mexico True TV in T or C

New Mexico True TV Visits T-or-C and Chloride

Truth or Consequences New Mexico and the nearby historic mining town of Chloride receive the New Mexico True Television treatment.

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Virgin Galactic Third Powered Flight January 2014

Virgin Galactic’s Third Powered Flight – Video!

Video of Virgin Galactic’s & SpaceShipTwo’s Third Powered Flight, which happened on January 14, 2014.

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Float the Rio Grande at night

Float Down the Rio Grande Under a Full Moon

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2014 fireworks at Elephant Butte Lake

Fourth of July Weekend = Fireworks and Fun on the Water

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Stegomastodon Fossil: A Major Discovery at Elephant Butte Lake

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Patriotic Flip Flops for Flag Day at Elephant Bute

June 14 Weekend: Celebrate Flag Day at Elephant Butte Lake

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Dr. Love's Hot Springs Wellness Clinic

Mineral-Rich Geothermal Waters Beget a Long History of Healers in Truth or Consequences @Hot Springs New Mexico

On Truth or Consequences’ hot springs, holistic healing, and how those two things have complemented one another for…ever.

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stuck in sand at Elephant Butte Lake

Stuck In the Sand at Elephant Butte Lake – What To Do?

So many of us have been there. At the lake, where there’s all that lovely sandy beach. And you can drive on it! Or can you? Truth is, it is all too easy to get your vehicle stuck.

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Wes Naman's 505 Faces

505 Faces Coming to the 575

Steven Westman, Wes Naman and Joy Godfrey jumped in an RV and hit the 575 during the month of May to photograph any and all willing New Mexicans.

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community concert - hot time in hot springs new mexico

Events for the Last Weekend in April 2014

Spotlighting a few events happening in Sierra County during the last week in April.

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quilting supply vendors at the quilt show

February 21-22, 2014 Quilt Show at Ralph Edwards Civic Auditorium

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Singer Ana Egge will perform in Hillsboro

The Haunting Melodies of Ana Egge This Saturday in Hillsboro

The Hillsboro Concert Series brings talent to the picturesque village’s Community Center. This Saturday, January 19 2014, listen to the haunting melodies of Ana Egge and hit the wine bar after!

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First Day Hike on Elephant Butte Dam - January 1, 2014

First Day Hike at Luchini Trail and Elephant Butte Dam

New Years Day hikes at Elephant Butte Lake – one at Luchini Nature Trail, the other on the historic Elephant Butte Dam which has been closed to traffic since September 11, 2001.

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Sunday Mixed-Level Yoga

Year-End Activities, Continuing into 2014, at Studio de la Luz

Two weekly activities at Studio del la Luz in Truth or Consequences offer opportunities to increase your connectivity — with others and with yourself.

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Brian Haas & Dave Wayne in concert

December 21 Musical Performance in Honor of Eve Elting and a Steinway “O”

Dr. Eve Elting generously donated a piano to the Lee Belle Johnson center a few years ago. On December 21, a free performance by Brian Haas & Dave Wayne celebrates Dr. Eve and her gift.

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Monticello Store

Feeling Festive? Head to the Monticello Holiday Store!

If you’ve never shopped at the Monticello Holiday Store, you have no idea the unique gifts you’re missing out on. Everything is locally made.

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Santa Bathing

Santa is Coming to T or C’s Old-Fashioned Christmas

Santa will be checking his list while soaking in temperatures of up to 110 degrees at some of T or C’s hot spring spas during Old-Fashioned Christmas!

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crafts, bazaars, bake sales

Crafts, Bazaars, Markets & Bake Sales November 22-24

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Wendy Tremayne signing a copy of her book, Good Life Lab

Homemaking as Revolution? Yes, in Sierra County, New Mexico!

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book on hot springs new mexico

This Weekend in Truth or Consequences

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the Darlands sell more than balsamic vinegar

Organic Balsamic Vinegar, Made Right Here in Sierra County!

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Space Race

Space Race!

Virgin Galactic is partnering with NBC to create a new TV program called “Space Race!” The winner will have an opportunity to become an astronaut by flying to space on board SpaceShipTwo.

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elephant butte lake levels rising

Yes! Lake Levels Rose in September 2013

Elephant Butte Lake levels went up 5 feet in September, and Caballo Lake’s up 10 feet, according to the Bureau of Reclamation. We think that’s a low figure judging by a cliff kids were jumping off on September 1.

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21 mineral baths

21 Days – A Hot Springs Experiment (Afterward)

Having knocked out 21 consecutive soaks, Ruanna Waldrum assesses the results.

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Elephant Days 2013 – Complete Schedule

Elephant Days is held annually in the early fall, and is always a fun time for all who visit! It features a parade, a car or motorcycle show, live music, and more.

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boats on Elephant Butte Lake

Labor Day Sunday at Winding Roads Park

Labor Day Weekend at the lake, old geezer style. No racing motors (except from afar), just a quiet park, wildlife and great views – the perfect staycationette.

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Black Range artist David Farrell

“Common Ground” Explored by Hillsboro and Kingston Artists over Labor Day

Labor Day Weekend 2013, join artists and residents of Hillsboro and Kingston New Mexico as they celebrate Common Ground in the wake of the Silver Fire.

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middle Percha Creek flooding near Kingston

Middle Percha Creek Flooding on August 4 (Filmed in Kingston NM)

In the aftermath of the Silver Fire, there was concern that Hillsboro could flood. Turns out there was a flood but it didn’t get as far as Hillsboro. This video footage was submitted by Catherine Wanek of the Black Range Lodge.

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tour Spaceport America

Tours of Spaceport America Attract Geeks, Space Freaks, and Fun-Seekers

Spaceport America tours are gaining in popularity. Take advantage of this opportunity to see the Spaceport up close and personal before the official Visitor Center opens!

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Vince Gilligan

Breaking Bad Creator Vince Gilligan on Soaking in T or C’s Hot Springs

According to Vince, “It’s a charming little town where you go to take the waters.”

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Latitude 33 Stir-Fried Rice

Sierra County Restaurant News Summer 2013

Truth or Consequences restaurant news, plus The Bank Cafe opens in Chloride, Black Range Vineyards sets up shop in Hillsboro, and more!

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Take Me Back To Truth or Consequences: A Song About T or C

We just love a song about Truth or Consequences, how about you?

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river floating

River Float Report + Fireworks This Weekend

Cool off with a river float in Sierra County this summer! Then take in the fireworks.

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video: Elephant Butte Water Activities

Lots to Do at Elephant Butte Lake

Boat, float, swim, splash, fish, sunbathe, build a sand castle, relax.

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water skiing on Caballo Lake, 2013

Water Skiing on Caballo Lake June 2013

Times are you can, other times are you can’t. Either way Caballo Lake provides a nice contrast to its bigger more popular counterpart up-river.

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Percha Bank Museum and Gallery in Kingston NM

Percha Bank Museum & Gallery Open for Summer 2013

It’s always a good idea to ahead and make sure the Percha Bank Museum is going to be open.

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Frank Winston Carriage House

The Frank Winston Carriage House in Winston

If you’re in Winston, check out the old carriage house. We are pretty sure you’ve never seen anything quite like it.

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Two Egrets at Elephant Butte Lake

May 11 – International Migratory Bird Day!

In Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” Suzanne Pleshette gazed at the sky and asked “won’t they ever stop migrating?” The answer is no.

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green chile cheeseburger from the Elephant Butte Hamburger boat

Burgers-N-Buns: Elephant Butte Lake’s Hamburger Boat

It’s true. There really is a restaurant floating around out on the lake during summer months.

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21 Days – Riverbend Hot Springs, Soak #21

Winding up the “21 day soaking regimen” at Riverbend Hot Springs’ public pools – 5 temperatures to choose from with gorgeous river views, not bad!

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21 mineral baths

21 Days – Charles Motel & Spa, Soak #20

Learning the hard way that soaking should never be though of as an endurance contest.

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La Paloma private bath

21 Days – La Paloma Hot Springs, Soak #19

Pre-Fiesta escape to peace and quiet at La Paloma Hot Springs & Spa.

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21 Days – Sierra Grande Lodge, Soak #18

Sierra Grande Lodge’s Spirit Bath is big, beautiful, and is filled by a mineral waterfall. Also – jets!

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Hot H20

21 Days – Hay-Yo-Kay Hot Springs, Soak #17

Visit to the indoor baths at Hay-Yo-Kay – and yes, you WILL sleep better after bathing in the hot springs of Truth or Consequences!

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21 Days – Charles Spa, Soak #16

Schedule time before or after your bath at the Charles Motel & Spa to check out the gift shop.

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21 Days – Pelican Spa, Soak #15

The bad news: Pelican Spa’s baths are for Lodging Guests only. The good news – Pelican Spa has more than 25 lodging rooms!

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21 Days – Blackstone Hotsprings Wet Room, Soak #14

A trip to Blackstone’s extremely popular Wet Room – mineral bath + steam room!

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Rio Pool at Riverbend

21 Days – Riverbend Hot Springs, Lucky Soak #13

The Rio bath, one of Riverbend Hot Springs’ beautiful private pools (with a view of the Rio Grande!).

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Fire Water Lodge

21 Days – Fire Water Lodge, Soak #12

Sunny, warm and breezy: a perfect day to try out Fire Water Lodge’s outdoor bath.

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Artesian Mineral Baths

21 Days – Artesian Mineral Baths, Soak #11

Soaking it up at the uber-authentic Artesian Mineral Baths.

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Indian Springs, Truth or Consequences NM

21 Days – Indian Springs, Soak #10

Indian Springs’ large bath provides much-needed recovery from terrorists. #dramaqueen

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lobby of the Charles Motel & Hot Springs, Truth or Consequences

21 Days – Charles Motel & Spa, Soak #9

A mini vacation on the roof of the Charles Motel & Spa.

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Hay-Yo-Kay sign

21 Days – Hay-Yo-Kay Hot Springs, Soak #8

The Long House at Hay-Yo-Kay, plus a lot of information about Truth or Consequences hot springs, not to be confused with mineral baths.

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21 Days – Blackstone Hotsprings, Soak #7

Blackstone HIstoric baths – best kept secret of the budget-friendly half-hour soak in T or C?

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La Paloma - by Mickey Losey

21 Days – La Paloma Hot Springs, Soak #6

Hanging out (literally) in one of La Paloma Hot Springs’ private artesian baths.

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Sierra Grande Lodge, Truth or Consequences

21 Days – Sierra Grande Lodge, Soak #5

A luxurious soak in the beautiful Mineral Bath at the Sierra Grande Lodge and Spa.

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Indian Springs - hot mineral baths in Truth or Consequences NM

21 Days – Indian Springs, Soak #4

Day 4 takes me to Indian Springs small bath – a first for me! It’s a perfect soaker for a party of one.

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bath at Fire Water Lodge

21 Days – Fire Water Lodge, Soak #3

Fire Water’s baths are normally for Fire Water Lodgers only, but I’m given a free pass as part of the “21 soaks” project.

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Charles Motel & Spa

21 Days – Charles Motel & Spa, Soak #2

The Charles was built in the 1930s and while it has been updated, the pink-tiled baths in the ladies’ hot spring bathing area retain their historic feel.

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Blackstone Spa

21 Days – Blackstone Hotsprings Historic Bath, Soak #1

Day One of the 21 day soaking adventure begins at Blackstone Hotsprings’ Historic Bath #2.

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Isabelle Court assisting a visitor at the Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway Visitor Center

Geronimo Trail Visitor Center Employee Isabelle Court – Inexhaustible!

Courteous, energetic, knowledgeable, ready to assist, and comes with a cool accent: that’s Isabel.

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21 Days: Exploring the Health Benefits of T or C’s Geothermal Baths, One Hot Springs Spa at a Time

The website for one of our local hot spring spas says this: “Local legend has it that taking the waters 3 times a day for 21 days in a row will cure anything that ails you.” That’s a cool legend, right? But…is it true?

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Las Palomas Plaza - public Hot Springs in Truth or Consequences NM

BANA – Recognizing Hot Springs Health Benefits

BANA’s mission is to support the research, information exchange, and education of the health benefits of natural mineral waters.

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Isabelle Court, an asset to the Geronimo Trail Visitor Center

Isabelle Court – Welcoming Guests to the Geronimo Trail Visitor Center

Visitor Center employee Isabel Court goes the extra mile.

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Turtleback Mountain overlooks Truth or Consequences New Mexico

“Can You See It?” Turtleback Mountain, Elephant Butte, and the Sleeping Indian

Check out these cool formations in the local landscape: Turtle Mountain, Elephant Butte, and the Sleeping Indian.

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A Tweet Here, A Flickr There

It’s a great story. But it wasn’t really a hospital.

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2012 centennial license plate

Happy Belated Birthday New Mexico

New Mexico turned 100 years old in 2012. Happy Birthday baby!

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Veterans Day Car Show and Run For The Wall

Best car show in the state, y’all.

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paraglider in training

Paragliding at Elephant Butte Lake

Imagine, if you can, soaring high over the lake while wearing your own pair of wings.

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campfires allowed 100' from the water at Elephant Butte & Caballo Lakes

Elephant Butte Lake – Campfires Allowed!

Always a good idea to check with park rangers before building a fire, of course.

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Hot Springs New Mexico

Truth or Consequences – What’s With That Crazy Name?

Truth or Consequences, the town named after a game show, was called Hot Springs until 1950. Piping hot mineral water is still available at 10 downtown spas.

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Sierra Grande Lodge outdoor bath

Blast from the Past: Gina Kelley On Summertime Soaking

It’s never too hot to soak. In fact, soaking during the summer months when the mercury rises is my favorite time to soak. “She’s crazy” say you. But here’s the thing…

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vintage brochure on Hot Springs New Mexico

Vintage Brochure – Hot Springs New Mexico, City of Health

Excerpt from the narrative: “The early Spanish settlers built a stockade here and called this place ‘Los Ojos Calientes de Las Palomas (Hot springs of the Doves).”

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