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Exploring Southern New Mexico

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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.

Best Warm-Weather Family Adventures

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.

Chris Howes/Wild Places / Alamy

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