El Paso / Southern New Mexico Map

Lay of the Land – El Paso

By the Numbers From the height of the city’s tallest treehouse at the El Paso Zoo to the ongoing legacy of the Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site, El Paso and Southern New Mexico astound. 9 El Paso Restaurants Featured on the Food Network 463 Events Hosted in City Venues in 2019, Including Sun City Craft Beer Festival, Winterfest, …

El Paso Texas

El Paso, Texas

San Jacinto Plaza in downtown El Paso. Photo by Heidi Phillips.The distinct district features a mix of new and historic destinations. By Ashley M. Biggers El Paso’s downtown encompasses several neighborhoods, including Las Plazas, the Office District, and Union Plaza. At its heart lies the recently renovated San Jacinto Plaza, where a fiberglass sculpture by acclaimed artist and El Paso …

Las Cruces New Mexico

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Organ Mountains at twilight.New Mexico’s second-largest city boasts an award-winning farmers market, a thriving performing arts scene, and a national monument that affords scenic views — and endless opportunities for outdoor adventure — in all directions. Cruising north along Interstate 25, it feels as though El Paso and Las Cruces flow into each other. In many ways, they are knitted …

Mesilla New Mexico

Mesilla, New Mexico

Basilica of San Albino. Photo by Jon FoleyEnsconced in the town of Mesilla (an island community located within the sea of Las Cruces), Mesilla Valley State Park’s trails show off the region’s migrating waterfowl with walks along the river wetlands. The village of Mesilla is worth exploring in its own right. The stately Basilica of San Albino, one of the …

Truth or Consequences

Truth Or Consequences, New Mexico

Elephant Butte Lake State Park.Less than a two-hour drive from El Paso, Truth or Consequences — also known as “T or C” — is set to be the epicenter of extraterrestrial tourism thanks to Spaceport America, which plans to launch the first commercial spaceflights in 2019. The Land of Enchantment’s ties to space aren’t a just thing of the past. …

Alamogordo New Mexico

Alamogordo, New Mexico

Gypsum dunes at White Sands National Park.Set an hour-and-a-half north of El Paso, this town boasts connections to space and atomic history and is home to one of New Mexico’s most iconic — and enchanting — outdoor attractions. One of the globe’s greatest natural wonders lies just over 50 miles north of Las Cruces toward Alamogordo along U.S. 70. White …

Ruidoso New Mexico

Ruidoso, New Mexico

Ruidoso is home to several standout hiking trails.A quintessential mountain getaway, Ruidoso nestles within the high country of the Lincoln National Forest, where New Mexico’s second-largest ski area, stellar performing arts, and Billy the Kid’s former stomping grounds are all close at hand. Outdoor adventurers in El Paso and Southern New Mexico head to Ruidoso for high-mountain fun. The Lincoln …

Carlsbad New Mexico

Carlsbad, New Mexico

Carlsbad Caverns National ParkThis charming little town set in the middle of the desert two-and-a-half hours northeast of El Paso claims one of the Western Hemisphere’s most spectacular World Heritage Sites and its own riverside recreational adventures. Billy the Kid may have earned headlines in his day, but nothing commands attention like the natural wonder 45 minutes outside Carlsbad. UNESCO …

Hobbs, New Mexico

Hobbs, New Mexico

Get in the spirit at the Western Heritage Museum, which displays buckles, boots, saddles, and spurs.Photo by Geni Cavanaugh.Just over the state line from Texas and set in the oil-rich Permian Basin, Hobbs welcomes travelers along U.S. 62 to the Land of Enchantment and has boot-clad footing in the Western lifestyle and energy industry. An animatronic cowboy tells campfire stories …