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Rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin is one of the world's great natural wonders - the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert, creating the world's largest gypsum dunefield. White Sands National Monument preserves a major portion of this unique dunefield, along with the plants and animals that live here.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Phone: (575) 785-2232
Carlsbad Caverns National Park is a United States National Park in the
Guadalupe Mountains in southeastern New Mexico. The primary
attraction of the park is the show cave, Carlsbad Cavern.
Cloud Mountain Inn & Ski Palace
Address: 90 James Canyon Hwy
Phone: (575) 682-204
If you like camping, fishing, boating, or just being outdoors, Elephant Butte is for you.
There is plenty of water and plenty of beach room and this is New Mexico’s largest State Park.
Elephant Butte Lake can accommodate watercraft of many styles and sizes: kayaks, jet skis, pontoons, sailboats,
ski boats, cruisers, and houseboats. Remember to wear your life jacket. Boat safe and boat smart! Besides sandy beaches,
the State Park offers restrooms, picnic areas, playgrounds, and developed sites with electric and water hook-ups for RV’s.
The hot thermal water flows out of a rift along the Rio Grande that appeared more than 50 million years ago. The rift uplifted
Truth or Consequences’ landmark hill, and faults along the rift allow deep groundwater to flow freely to the surface without
losing heat or minerals — producing pristine waters with temperatures ranging from 98 to 115 degrees, with trace elements
of 38 different minerals. The pH of the water is 7, or neutral.
Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino
Address : 287 Carrizo Canyon Rd
Mescalero, NM 88340
Phone : (800) 545-9011
Ruidoso Downs and Billy the Kid Casino
Nestled in the cool pines of Lincoln County, Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Billy the Kid Casino offers year round excitement.
During the summer months we offer live quarter horse and thoroughbred racing every weekend. Simulcast wagering is available
every day throughout the year. We also offer a slots-only casino featuring many of the hottest games available.
The Three Rivers Petroglyph Site is one of the few locations in the Southwest set aside solely because of its rock art.
It is also one of the few sites giving visitors such direct access to petroglyphs. The number and concentration
of petroglyphs here make it one of the largest and most interesting petroglyphs sites in the Southwest.
More than 21,000 glyphs of birds, humans, animals, fish, insects and plants, as well as numerous geometric and
abstract designs are scattered over 50 acres of New Mexico’s northern Chihuahuan Desert. The petroglyphs at Three Rivers,
dating back to between about 900 and 1400 AD, were created by Jornada Mogollon people who used stone tools to
remove the dark patina on the exterior of the rock. A small pueblo ruin is nearby and Sierra Blanca towers above to the east.
A detailed petroglyph guide is available at the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site.
Located at the west end of the Village of Cloudcroft, the Trestle Recreation Area offers a day-use picnicking site with access
to popular area trails. Water, restroom facilities, interpretive information, access to trails, picnic sites.
Address: 1286 Ski Run Road, Alto, NM 88312
Phone: (575) 464-3600
Ski Apache is a ski resort in southern New Mexico, on the slopes of Sierra Blanca. It is owned and operated, since 1963,
by the Mescalero Apache Tribe. Ski Apache is the only ski resort in New Mexico with its own gondola lift.
Valley of Fires
Address: 6158 US Highway 380, Carrizozo, NM 88301
Valley of Fires recreation area is located immediately adjacent to the Malpais Lava Flow. Approximately 5,000 years ago,
Little Black Peak erupted and flowed 44 miles into the Tularosa Basin, filling the basin with molten rock. The resulting lava
flow is four to six miles wide, 160 feet thick and covers 125 square miles. The lava flow is considered to be one of the youngest
lava flows in the continental United States.