beautiful tom turkeys with splayed feathers

Thanksgiving Feasts 2021

Thanksgiving is upon us – here’s where to find traditional and not-so traditional turkey feasts.

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Halloween weekend activities

Halloween Weekend in Spooky Sierra County

Wondering what to do if you’re in Sierra County for the Halloween weekend? Here are some ideas.

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illustration of the new species of dinosaur found in Sierra County NM

New dinosaur species & genus found in Sierra County

The species name turneri is for Ted Turner, who owns the land where the fossil was found, and who granted access for the study.

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Hoosier Baths, Truth or Consequences

Visit Southern New Mexico, enter to win a Photo Contest!

Do you love taking photos? Do you live in Southern New Mexico or are you visiting before November 8? This post is for you!

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Sierra Grande Lodge outdoor bath

Summer Soaking in Truth or Consequences

When the thermometer reaches 90+ one might think twice about immersing in a hot springs bath, but there are ways to keep from overheating.

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a couples trip to Truth or Consequences & Sierra County New Mexico

A Couple’s Long Weekend in Sierra County

Looking to get away for a long weekend with your love? A future visitor has put together a 4-day itinerary for your consideration.

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Sierra County is Tier Turquoise

Current Tier: Turquoise

New Mexico is currently operating under the “Red to Green Framework.” For the past several weeks Sierra County has been in the safest tier, aka “Turquoise.”

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yellow tier 2021 April

Red to Green Framework – Yellow Level

New Mexico is currently operating under the “Red to Green Framework.”  (source: nmhealth.org) After a few relaxing weeks in the Turquoise tier, Sierra County was demoted two tiers, to Yellow, on April 21. Counties at the Yellow Level have either a new COVID-19 case incidence rate of no greater than 8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants […]

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tent camping at Elephant Butte Lake State Park

Beach Camping is Back

Reservations for camping on the beach are available at all of Sierra County’s State Parks.

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Polar Bear Plunge Party, Damsite Marina, Elephant Butte

Things Are Were (Will Be?) Looking Up!

March in Sierra County New Mexico: Spaceport Tours reopen, State Parks are open to all, a couple of events and planned, and we are cautiously optimistic!

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February Snow in Kingston

Thanks to Skip “The Barber“ Bennett for these beautiful photos, all shot near Kingston, of the Black Range Mountains after the big snow of Valentine’s Day 2021.

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Events are Streaming & Restaurants are “Opener”

Pickamania weekend is September 11-13 and will be streamed on Facebook. And local restaurants are open-er.

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2020: The Long Strange Trip

One day we will gather, walk around freely (unmasked!), and maybe even hug again, and we’ll probably appreciate those activities so much more, having lived through this very strange 2020.

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call ahead to restaurants during a period of social distancing

Sierra County Restaurants – Open to Serve Diners on June 1

Information on Sierra County restaurant operations and closures during the coronovirus pandemic. Restaurants are able to reopen at 50% capacity as of June 1, 2020.

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second saturday art hop in downtown truth or consequences

Upcoming Events in Sierra County

A list of events in Sierra County New Mexico – live music, performance, annual events, weekly events (Spaceport America, yoga classes, etc).

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Rose, a new film made in Truth or Consequences

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

“Being Rose” was filmed in Truth or Consequences and the surrounding county. It stars Cybill Shepherd, Pam Grier, and James Brolin.

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Annual Gathering of Quilts and Sierra County Wood Carvers

Scenes from past years’ Annual Gathering of Quilts at Ralph Edwards Auditorium and the Wood Carvers Display right next door:

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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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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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Monticello Holiday Store, Monticello New Mexico

One-of-a-Kind Gifts Available at Sierra County’s Shops & Holiday Events

Save some holiday shopping for these special events sponsored by Sierra County’s artists, crafters, business owners and organizations.

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Sierra County Advocate 1907

A Glimpse into History: The Sierra County Advocate, 1907

News from another century: we enjoyed seeing a few pages from the Sierra County Advocate’s April 19, 1907 issue.

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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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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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chicken enchiladas at the arrey 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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stephenkingticket

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Stegomastodon Fossil: A Major Discovery at Elephant Butte Lake

Whether you’re highly adventurous or a newbie, chances are good you’ve done it at Elephant Butte Lake State Park – by “it” we mean you’ve gotten your vehicle stuck in the sand and had to dig yourself out, or get someone to help you dig out. It’s almost a rite of passage for newcomers to […]

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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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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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the Darlands sell more than balsamic vinegar

Organic Balsamic Vinegar, Made Right Here in Sierra County!

Did you know that Monticello New Mexico, located in the northwest quadrant of Sierra County, is where some of the best organic balsamic vinegar on the planet is made? It’s true! The Darland Company LLC makes America’s only traditional-style, organic, aged balsamic vinegar. The Wall Street Journal featured a story about the company and their […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Public Baths at Riverbend Hot Springs

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 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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Charles Motel & Spa

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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hot springs new mexico

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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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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not really a hospital at the bottom of the lake by Elephant Butte

Was there really a hospital at the bottom of Elephant Butte Lake?

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

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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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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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