New Mexico is a large and fun state in Southwestern United States. Founded in 1610 as a province of New Spain, the territory was initially inhabited by Native Americans who have already been living there for thousands of years. New Mexican culture is one of the most diverse and unique around the US most notably because of its Native American and Latin influences. New Mexico is a big place but if you’re traveling around the state you might as well go and have some fun with it while you explore. Here are some of the best spots around Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.
1. Learn about local history at Geronimo Springs Museum
Geronimo Springs Museum is one of the best in the state and is essential for anyone looking to visit New Mexico, providing a look at some of the ancient fossils found in the area as well as old Hispanic and Apache artifacts. There is also a recreation of a miners cabin to go along with relics of New Mexico’s early mining industry. The southwestern pottery collection spans from 200 A.D to 1350 A.D and occasionally there are speaking events held here as well.
Geronimo Springs Museum
Address: 211 Main Ave, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA
Website: Geronimo Springs Museum
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 9am - 5pm; Sun: 12pm - 5pm
Price: 6 USD
2. Check out the oddities at Don's Den
When a town is named “Truth or Consequences” you better believe that it is probably full of some eclectic people. Don’s Den is a little off the beaten path but it is a pretty interesting spot if you have the time to drop by. Don Hallock has an unusual collection of antiques, religious icons, and weird collectibles that are both available for guests to peruse and check out or even buy if the price is right. A great place to pick up that certain je ne sais quoi gift.
Address: Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA
Website: Don’s Den
Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (daily)
3. Chill out at Ralph Edwards Park
Ralph Edwards Park is a great little park in town that’s perfect for bringing the dog for a walk, having a picnic with the family or enjoying one of the many events the town of Truth or Consequences holds every year next to the Rio Grande. Ralph Edwards essentially gave the town its name as he was an NBC Radio host in the 1950s who said that any town that changes its name to his famous radio show (Truth or Consequences) would be the next location for the show’s broadcast. So the town of Hot Springs became the town of Truth or Consequences and they named this park after him.
Ralph Edwards Park
Address: Riverside Drive at, Cedar St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA
Website: Ralph Edwards Park
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
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4. Go shopping at Healing Waters Plaza
Located in the heart of downtown TorC, Healing Waters Plaza is a central spot in the city that has lots of great amenities nearby. Stroll through the plaza and the shade of the trees or check out the hot springs fountains. The area is central so there are a lot of things nearby like restaurants, cafes, stores, and hotels but if you want to just hang out in the park under a big shady palm tree, that’s a good option, too.
Healing Waters Plaza
Address: Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA
Website: Healing Waters Plaza
5. Pay your respects at Walk of Education at Veterans Memorial Park
Based on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC, the Walk of Education at Veterans Memorial Park pays tribute to all of those in the United States Military who have served since 1776. The walk of education starts at the northern point of the wall and aims to lead the public in commemorating many of the veterans that served on behalf of the United States. Special events are held here on Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day weekend.
Walk of Education at Veterans Memorial Park
Address: 996 S Broadway St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA
Opening hours: 7am - 9pm (daily)
6. Indulge in the healing baths at Riverbend Hot Springs
Good morning Riverbenders and have a wonderful weekend!Posted by Riverbend Hot Springs on Friday, 23 August 2019
Long considered sacred by the Apache and the Mimbres tribes of New Mexico, Truth or Consequences was named “Hot Springs” before it changed its name. The mineral hot springs are said to provide a healing and therapeutic effect for the body and now even centuries later the people of Truth or Consequences enjoy a good hot spring bath. Head to Riverbend Hot Springs and enjoy a healing session in the mineral baths while you look out onto the Rio Grande.
Riverbend Hot Springs
Address: 100 Austin St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA
Website: Riverbend Hot Springs
Opening hours: 8am - 9pm (daily)
Price: From 20 USD
7. Learn about space travel at Spaceport America
Have you ever dreamed of going to space? Spaceport America might be the closest you can get to going to the great beyond! Spaceport America is described as America’s first commercial spaceport because it was designed as a place especially for commercial vehicles that can accommodate both vertical and horizontal aerospace vehicles. Although it is a closed facility, tours are still offered on the grounds and guests can learn about the science and future of aerospace travel.
Address: Co Rd A021, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA
Website: Spaceport America
Opening hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm (daily)
Price: From 24 USD
8. Cool off at JA Hodges Municipal Swimming Pool
New Mexico can get pretty hot especially in the summer months. There’s no better way to cool off than hopping into the cold waters of a pool and enjoying your day hanging out in the sun and playing in the water. JA Hodges Municipal Swimming Pool is the go-to spot in Truth or Consequences for those looking to escape the heat. The pool is open all-year-round so even if you’re looking to take a dive in the winter, you’re in luck.
JA Hodges Municipal Swimming Pool
Address: 775 Daniel’s Street, Downtown TorC.
Website: JA Hodges Municipal Swimming Pool
Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 3pm - 5pm (closed on Sun & Mon)
Price: From 4 USD
9. Check out the local art scene at Truth or Consequences Art Hop
Come on out to the Second Saturday Art Hop tonight! Starting at 5:30pm, see Landscape Letter: A Dance Performance...Posted by Second Saturday Art Hop - Truth or Consequences on Saturday, 10 October 2015
The second Saturday of every month is the Truth or Consequences Art Hop. New Mexico is known for its art both from its Latin community and its Native American community among others so there is a very diverse and eclectic mix of art. Since July 2005, crowds go around the town checking out the best of the local art scene including music, food, and even craft beer.
Truth or Consequences Art Hop
Address: Downtown Truth or Concequences
Website: Truth or Consequences Art Hop
Opening hours: Second Sat of the month: 6pm - 9pm
10. Go bowling at Bedroxx Bowling Alley
What’s the best way to escape the heat or some boredom? Head to Bedroxx Bowling Alley and try a little bowling. Bedroxx Bowling Alley has been Truth or Consequences’s best bowling spot since the owners bought an empty lot in town and turned it into a bowling alley. Grab some friends and have a night out with food and beer while you play or brings the kids and have some family fun. They also have a great arcade on-site as well as pool tables.
Bedroxx Bowling Alley
Address: 165 E 9th Ave, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA
Website: Bedroxx Bowling Alley
Opening hours: Tue - Wed, Fri: 11am - 2pm, 5pm - 10pm; Thu: 5pm - 10pm; Sat: 2pm - 11pm; Sun: 2pm - 9pm (closed on Mon)
11. Get your adrenaline fix at White Water Weekends
Sun is shining and the river is flowing...please call for reservations and more information...575 740 3784 thanks C.B.Posted by Whitewater Weekends on Sunday, 2 June 2019
For the adventurous traveler out there, head out onto the waters of the Rio Grande and float down in a vessel of your choosing. White Water Weekends provides a fun way to spend an afternoon in the sun on the water and getting exercise. Guests can choose from a number of rafts, kayaks, and float tubes and they go on a 6-mile (9.6 km) journey down the river. Go with the flow or paddle your way on.
White Water Weekends
Address: 601 W Riverside Dr, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA
Website: White Water Weekends
Opening hours: Thu - Sun: 9am - 4pm (closed from Mon - Wed)
Price: 15 - 60 USD
12. Indulge in the mineral baths at Charles Spa
Built and designed as a healing center, Charles Spa is both a day spa and a motel so in case you want to take your relaxing to the next level you can always stay overnight. Charles Spa offers an array of services including mineral tubs, detoxifying heat wraps, private outdoor mineral tubs, and massage therapy. Choosing your method of relaxation and feel all that bad energy just flow off you. Their rooftop hot tub offers some great views and their massage services will leave you feeling refreshed.
Address: 601 N Broadway St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA
Website: Charles Spa
Price: From 6 USD
13. Grab a coffee and a book at Black Cat Books & Coffee
This cozy corner bookshop is a staple in Truth or Consequences. Book lovers all over town know of the Black Cat Books & Coffee as the town’s quaint little shop and for their home-brewed delicious coffee. The shop was closed for a short time but now its back and under the new management that promises to keep the spirit of the original shop alive and well.
Black Cat Books & Coffee
Address: 128 N Broadway St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA
Website: Black Cat Books & Coffee
Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 7:30am - 10pm; Fri - Mon: 8am - 4pm
14. Buy some local produce at Sierra County Farmers Market
What’s there not to love about farmer’s markets? In a smallish town like Truth or Consequences, the farmer’s market is the place to go for fresh produce and cool arts and crafts made locally, and is a great place to buy some fresh food and maybe some flowers to spruce up your home a little bit. Sierra County Farmers Market opens on Memorial Day weekend and continues into October. Throughout the season the produce changes so there’s always something good being offered no matter what the season.
Sierra County Farmers Market
Address: Ralph Edwards Park, Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
Website: Sierra County Farmers Market
Opening hours: Sat: 8:30am - 11:30pm (closed from Sun - Fri)
15. Have a tasty meal at Los Arcos Steak & Lobster
Once you’re done exploring the gems and fun spots around T or C make sure to head to one of the best surf and turf restaurants in the city. Los Arcos Steak & Lobster is the place for, you guessed it, steak and lobsters. They’ve been around since 1970 proving that you don’t need to be near the ocean to have some good lobster. All meat cuts are hand-cut on-site and their extensive wine list is there to pair with any dish you order. Have a cocktail at the bar or enjoy some outdoor dining when the weather is right.
Los Arcos Steak & Lobster
Address: 1400 N Date St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA
Website: Los Arcos Steak & Lobster
Opening hours :Mon - Thu: 5pm - 9:90pm; Fri - Sun: 5pm - 10:30pm
16. Enjoy a drink or two at Raymond's Lounge
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
Wind down your evening with a few drinks and maybe a couple of games of pool. Raymond’s Lounge is one of the best cocktail bars in Truth or Consequences and they often have some pretty good drink specials throughout the week and of course, free pool all day every day. Raymond’s Lounge is a low-key kind of bar where you can sit back and relax and enjoy your night with some friends over great drinks.
Address: 912 N Date St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA
Website: Raymond’s Lounge
Opening hours: Fri - Sun: 11am - 2am; Mon - Thu: 10am - 2am
Have the best time in Truth or Consequences
Truth or Consequences is a little town with a particularly striking name. But it’s also a great spot with some great food and some amazing and fun things to do around town. Spend some time outdoors in the New Mexico sun and take in everything this little town has to offer.
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