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Geronimo Springs Museum

Geronimo Springs Museum contains the history of Sierra County, New Mexico. From the mammoth and mastodon skulls and the world-class collection of prehistoric Mimbres pottery to the Apache, Hispanic, military, mining, ranching, and cultural exhibits , the Museum is a fascinating complex of historical artifacts. Each of several rooms represents a specific subject of history, with displays and artifacts interpreted so that the viewer can understand the items exhibited.

LOCATION : We are in downtown in Truth or Consequences, in the historic Hot Springs District, at 211 Main Street.

HOURS are Monday thru Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm, and Sunday 12 to 4 pm. We are closed on New Year's Day, Easter, July 4th, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

ADMISSION : $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for students 6–18, and free for children under 6 when accompanied by an adult. We offer a $1.00 Discount for AAA, AARP, Senior Citizens, Military (active and retired), special tour groups, college students, and some other organizations. We offer a family rate of $15.00 for parents and children of the same household, or grandparents and grandchildren who are traveling with them or staying with them. If you plan to bring a large group, please call to make advance arrangements with the Museum Director. For further information call (575) 894-6600

Experience New Mexico

New Mexico is well-known for its arts community. The state's art museums feature everything from folk art to glass to sculpture to paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe. But there's more to experience in New Mexico museums than art. Here, visitors can find something special in every county in the state. Parks, museums, fairs, festival, and tours are held year-round across New Mexico. The Smokey Bear Historical Park in Capitian, the National Atomic Museum in Albuquerque, the Clovis Depot Model Train Museum and the War Eagles Museum in Santa Teresa are but a few of the choices. There really is a museum for just about every interest.

Another great way to experience New Mexico is through art festivals across the state. During the summer months, there's a festival to be found somewhere in New Mexico every weekend. Local, regional and national artists bring their beautiful creations out of the studio for everybody to enjoy. Artist studio tours abound throughout the state—from Farmington to Silver City. These tours offer an opportunity for visitors to meet the artists and see first-hand how they create such masterpieces.

Art isn't the only thing to experience in New Mexico. From ice caves to monasteries to flying saucer landing sites, there's something amazing to experience in every part of New Mexico. And there's no better place to spend the holidays than the Land of Enchantment. From the historical Las Posadas in Santa Fe to traditional Victorian Christmas in Silver City, the holidays in New Mexico are beautiful.

Where the Arts, History, Culture, and Architecture Converge

New Mexico's Arts and Cultural Districts Museums, theatres, arts galleries and studios, historic New Mexico buildings, districts, hotels and B&B's, fine dining, funky cafés and coffee shops, bookstores and so much more to explore.

New Mexico is well-known in the creative community as a distinctive destination for arts, culture, and heritage. With special efforts focused on developing and showcasing local arts and culture, the communities of Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Los Alamos, Raton, Silver City, and Taos each offer an authentic and memorable experience for those seeking to absorb – and even be transformed by – our state's diversity of arts and cultural traditions.

Albuquerque

"The Central Arts District in Albuquerque is a creative crossroads. At the intersection of art, performance, technology and New Mexico's film industry, Downtown is a confluence of energy, style, innovation and enterprise."

Visit the website: http://www.DowntownABQ.com/downtownarts

Fine Arts

In New Mexico, also known as the State of the Arts, there are more working artists, open studios, artist owned galleries, Fine Art galleries, specialty and artisan oriented shops, well you get the idea, than any other state in the union per capita. Our artistic tradition began over 2,000 years ago with the Paleo Indians. In fact an entire type of arrow head and flint knapping technology is named after the eastern New Mexico town of Clovis where they were first discovered.

From the dynamic Puebloan cultures to our Hispanic heritage through the colonial period to the beginning of contemporary Arts with the arrival of Georgia O'keeffe New Mexico's reputation for Fine Art and individual expression is unparalleled.

Galleries

New Mexico has it all - Native American arts and crafts, contemporary painting, sculpture, jewelry, glassblowing. Here in our business listing you will find a growing directory of galleries around the state

Studio Tours

All year round there are organized studio tour in many of the small villages around the state. It is a great way to explore the state, see a variety of art, meet artists and eat great food.

Artist Studios

Many artists open their studio upon request.

Cultural Events

Contemporary Hispanic Market - The annual Contemporary Spanish Market happens in late July on the Plaza in Santa Fe The market showcases contemporary Hispanic artists.

Fiestas de Santa Fe - Fiestas de Santa Fe has been held since 1712 to commemorate the return of the Spanish to the city in 1692, after the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. The burning of Zozobra (Old Man Gloom) dates from 1924, when William Howard Shuster, Jr. came up with the idea of creating the effigy.

Santa Fe Indian Market - Each year, the Santa Fe Indian Market includes 1,200 artists from about 100 tribes who show their work in over 600 booths. The event attracts an estimated 100,000 visitors to Santa Fe from all over the world.

Spanish Market - Spanish Market occurs in late July every year on the plaza in Santa Fe and showcases traditional Hispanic artforms and artists.

Unusual & Unique

Christ in the Desert Monastery - Benedictine Monastery located along the Chama river neer Abiquiu.

Ice Caves/Bandera Center - Located in part of a collapsed lava tube, the temperature in the ice caves never rises above 31 F. The natural layers of perpetual ice glisten blue-green in the reflected rays of sunlight.

Los Penitentes - This is a lay confraternity of Roman Catholic men active in Northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.

Plaza Blanca & Dar al-Islam Mosque - Hidden away in the hills of the Rio Chama valley you'll find a stunning adobe mosque and a natural "chapel" formed by sandstone spires and other rock formations.

Roswell Flying Saucer Crash - Located in Southeast New Mexico, this is the best known alien saucer crash in the United States.

Taos Hum - A unique vibration felt by a few in Northern New Mexico. This phenomena occurs in many places around the world.

Holidays

Canyon Road Christmas Eve Walk - Walk up Santa Fe's Canyon Road, stopping off at bonfires to catch a bit of warmth and perhaps sing a few carols. Businesses and friends along the way offer hot cider, hot chocolate and posole (a traditional Christmas stew).

Chimayo Easter Pilgrimage - During Holy Week, thousands of pilgrims journey on foot to El Santuario de Chimayó, a beautiful shrine in northern New Mexico.

Christmas in Madrid - Christmas in Madrid started in the 1920s, when Madrid was a mining town run by Oscar Huber. The whole town would decorate homes and businesses with more than 100,000 lights and create a winter wonderland filled with decorations and blinking lights at the ballpark. That tradition continues today with lights and a Christmas Parade.

Christmas on the Pecos - The magical vista created by over 100 Carlsbad homeowners who spend hours decorating with care is a wonderful site viewed from cruises along the Pecos River. Christmas on the Pecos has been voted one of America's "must see" events 12 years in a row.

Las Posadas - Under the glow of colored lights strung in trees on the Santa Fe Plaza, several hundred spectators cradled candles Sunday as they watched an annual re-enactment of a story on which the Christian faith is founded.

Ruidoso Festival of Lights - The snow falling on Sierra Blanca mountains should put you in the spirit of the holidays and get you geared up for some Christmas shopping! Join the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce at the annual Festival of Lights celebration

Victorian Christmas Evening - Reenactors dressed in clothing from the 1880s help visitors celebrate in the style common to Silver City before the turn of the century, and a visit from a frontier Father Christmas is always a favorite for kids and parents alike.

Winterfest - WinterFest celebrates the holidays with arts, crafts and music, highlighted by the Holiday Light Parade, when the lights through the middle of town are turned off and the glow from lights on decorated floats and automobiles illuminate the faces of spectators.

Explore the Past and See the Future in New Mexico

New Mexico is rich in old mining, ranching and railroading towns. The ghosts of Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, John Chisum, and even Pancho Villa, all famous (or infamous) figures in New Mexico history, can be felt in many of the towns. Visitors can travel to these old places on the state's beautiful scenic byways, stopping at one (or several) of New Mexico's national and state parks and monuments along the way. There are dormant volcanoes, ancient lava flows, ice caves, fossil sites, archeological digs, and unique geology throughout New Mexico, just waiting to be explored.

But New Mexico isn't all about the past. New Mexico continues to be on the leading edge of new science and technology. The state is home to Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories, the Very Large Array, and several observatories. The clear night sky offers an amazing view of the stars. Speaking of stars, New Mexico will soon be the launch pad to them. The new Spaceport America is a visionary project many years in the making. New Mexico's weather and wide-open spaces have been ideal for the aerospace industry since Robert Goddard, the father of modern rocketry, began conducting research in Roswell in the 1930s. He was followed by Wernher von Braun in the 1940s, and NASA in the 1980s. With the founding of Space Port America, the nation's first purpose-built commercial spaceport, New Mexico stands on the brink of the new space age.

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Ecotourism

Welcome to the New Mexico Tourism Department Ecotourism website where we invite you to get off the beaten path and explore some of the hidden gems in our Land of Enchantment. When you consider that New Mexico has an average of 15 people per square mile and compare it to Massachusetts a state with over 800 people per square mile, that path is not far.

State & National Parks

National Parks: Carlsbad Caverns National Park , Chaco National Historical Park , Pecos National Historical Park
State Parks: Bluewater Lake , Bottomless Lakes , Brantley Lake , Caballo Lake , Cimarron Canyon , City of Rocks , Clayton Lake , Conchas Lake , Coyote Creek , Eagle Nest Lake , Elephant Butte Lake , El Vado Lake , Fenton Lake , Heron Lake , Hyde Memorial , Leasburg Dam , Living Desert Zoo & Gardens , Manzano Mountains , Mesilla Valley Bosque , Morphy Lake , Navajo Lake , Oasis , Oliver Lee Memorial , Pancho Villa , Percha Dam , Rio Grande Nature Center , Rockhound , Santa Rosa Lake , Storrie Lake , Sugarite Canyon , Sumner Lake , Ute Lake , Vietnam Veterans Memorial , Villanueva

Natural Hot Springs

Battleship Rock & McCauley Hot Springs , Black Rock Hot Spring , Bubbles Hot Springs , Frisco Box Hot Spring , Gila Hot Springs Vacation Center , House Log Canyon Hot Springs , Lightfeather Hot Spring , Manby Hot Springs , Montezuma Hot Springs , San Francisco Hot Springs , Spence Hot Springs , Turkey Creek Hot Springs

Science & Technology

Apache Point Observatory , Bradbury Museum , Frank T. Etscorn Campus Observatory , The Lightning Field , Los Alamos National Laboratory , National Atomic Museum , National Solar Observatory , New Mexico Museum of Space History , Sandia National Laboratory , Enchanted Skies Star Party , Trinity Site , University of New Mexico Campus Observatory , Very Large Array (VLA)

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Experience boundless outdoor adventures in New Mexico

The opportunities for outdoor sports and recreation in New Mexico are as varied as the state's terrain. Few states can boast six of the Earth's seven climatic zones, nor are they blessed with the towering mountains that rise above New Mexico's high desert plains. Our clear, blue skies invite balloonists and glider pilots to soar on the wind. The Rocky Mountain skiing is unmatched, with its soft powder and variety of terrain. With Public Lands amounting to more than a third of the state, including 13 national monuments and parks, five national forests and 34 state parks, New Mexico has an outdoor adventure for everybody from weekend sightseers to avid back country explorers. New Mexico also has over 70 golf courses from executive-style golf to Professional Golf Association tournament-caliber courses. Although many people think of New Mexico as a desert, there are opportunities for boating, wind surfing and even scuba diving across the state.

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New Mexico Sports Authority

The New Mexico Sports Authority is a division of the New Mexico Tourism Department dedicated to promoting sports throughout New Mexico. The Sports Authority complements the department's efforts to promote economic development, and improve the quality of life for all of New Mexico through sports.

SKIING

Ski Portal: Ski New Mexico
Ski Areas: Angel Fire , Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area , Pajarito Mountain Ski Area , Red River Ski Area , Sandia Peak Ski , Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort , Ski Apache , Ski Santa Fe , Taos Ski Valley , Valles Caldera Cross Country

WATER

Boating, fishing, rafting, sailing, scuba diving and water skiing are all happening right here in New Mexico. There are great rivers for all levels of rafting and great fishing, a a variety of lakes for sailing, windsurfing and swimming and there's even scuba diving in Santa Rosa's famous Blue Hole.

LAND

New Mexico has mountains, deserts and grasslands to for amazing outdoor activities—biking, camping, hiking, horse racing, hunting, rock climbing and spelunking.

AIR

New Mexico is famous for its wide and beautiful skies and offers the best of ballooning, birding, flying, gliding, hang gliding, parasailing and skydiving. Hang around in the bright blue skies.