El Paso Texas

El Paso, Texas

Centered downtown, El Paso’s nightlife shines brightly with live music, theater, and dining for every taste.Photo courtesy thinkstockphotos.com Sitting at the crossroads of New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico, this big city boasts the best of each, turning heads for its urban desert parkland and performing arts and garnering new fans for its family-friendly vibe and diverse cuisine. Downtown For several …

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Las Cruces, New Mexico

The Organ Mountains stand 9,000 feet above the desert floor — creating a vast setting for photography, hiking, horseback riding, biking, and more.Photo by Wayne Suggs. Home to New Mexico State University, sun-bathed Las Cruces delivers golf for days, meals of chiles fresh from the field, and outdoor recreation in the Organ Mountains. Plaza de Las Cruces features a pedestrian …

Mesilla, New Mexico

Mesilla, New Mexico

Photo by Mark Paulda. West of Las Cruces and 45 minutes from El Paso, Mesilla has a storied history — from the Civil War to Billy the Kid’s trial. It’s home to rambling adobes, a pleasant plaza, and colorful fiestas. Begin at Mesilla Plaza, the village’s heart for more than a century and a landmark since 1982. The stately Basilica …

Ruidoso, New Mexico

Ruidoso, New Mexico

Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts.Photo courtesy Spencer Theater. Set in the shadow of Sierra Blanca Peak and the Lincoln National Forest, Ruidoso offers skiing, horse racing, and Wild West history. Ruidoso nods to its Western roots at Ruidoso Downs, which hosts live horse racing May through September and the All-American Futurity, the richest quarter-horse race in the country. Nearby, …

Alamogordo, New Mexico

Alamogordo, New Mexico

Hollywood films and fashion magazines have staged shoots on the stunning white sands here.Photo by thinkstockphotos.com One of New Mexico’s most renowned attractions is the headliner in this town an hour and a half north of El Paso that boasts little-known connections to space and atomic history. First on your bucket list: White Sands National Monument. The monument covers more …

Truth Or Consequences, New Mexico

Truth Or Consequences, New Mexico

Riverbend Hot Springs.Photo courtesy Riverbend Hot Springs. Less than a two-hour drive from El Paso, Truth or Consequences — or as locals call it, “T or C” — exudes a colorful vibe with vintage hot springs hotels, a lively downtown art scene, and an out-of-this-world attraction. Truth or Consequences may be an off-the-radar retreat for many travelers, but its budget-friendly …

Carlsbad, New Mexico

Carlsbad, New Mexico

Pecos River.Photo by thinkstockphotos.com. Two and a half hours northeast of El Paso lies one of the Western Hemisphere’s most spectacular sights — Carlsbad Caverns — plus hiking, paddling, and art browsing. It’s a must-see: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, a natural wonder 45 minutes outside Carlsbad. UNESCO named it a World Heritage site, recognizing the size — the system comprises …

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 …