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Exploring Southern New Mexico

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Exploring Southern New Mexico

Santa Fe gets downright chilly in the winter, but low-lying Southern New Mexico is much warmer, explaining why it’s the state’s chile capital. In the southeast, Ruidoso and Las Cruces are rugged mountain biking and climbing meccas. Explore the ancient Gila Cliff Dwellings or go winter wakeboarding and wave-running on Elephant Butte Lake State Park. Don’t miss the numerous regional hot springs near Silver City and Truth or Consequences.

Stay: Gila’s Double E Guest Ranch (five nights, $1,500 per person) is an all-inclusive family-friendly working cattle ranch.

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