Southwestern New Mexico Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Southwestern New Mexico - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Basilica of San Albino

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On the north side of the plaza is the Basilica of San Albino, an impressive 1908 Romanesque brick-and-stained-glass building that is...

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

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Hundreds of different types of birds, including snow geese, cranes, falcons, and eagles, can be spotted from viewing platforms and directly...

Branigan Cultural Center

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The Branigan Cultural Center, in a striking 1935 Pueblo Revival building embellished inside with murals by Tom Lea, offers compelling...

Caballo Lake State Park

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Caballo Lake State Park provides winter nesting grounds for golden and bald eagles, often sighted gliding aloft as they search for prey.

Chloride

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NM 52 leads about 40 mi west from I–25, near Truth or Consequences, to Winston and Chloride, two fascinating mining towns just east...

City of Rocks State Park

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One look at the spires here and you'll figure out how the area came by its name. The unusual rock formations were spewed from an ancient...

Cultural Center de Mesilla (CCM)

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Cultural Center de Mesilla (CCM) lies a full block to the west of the Old Mesilla Plaza. The well-kept historic (1840s) adobe building...

El Camino Real International Heritage Center

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Heading south on I–25 beyond Socorro and San Antonio, there are a couple of noteworthy stops. The first one, one of the region's most...

El Chino Mine

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The wrenching 1954 movie Salt of the Earth chronicled the Empire Zinc Mine strike that took place less than 1 mi away, in Hanover,...

Elephant Butte Lake State Park

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More than a million people each year visit Elephant Butte Lake State Park, whose 36,500-acre lake is New Mexico's largest. A world-class...

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