Southern New Mexico

Southern New Mexico Travel Guide

Hike & Bike has one of the area’s better rental selections.

Tour the museum where Billy the Kid undertook his infamous escape, killing two guards in the process.

The otherworldly subterranean landscape of Carlsbad Caverns National Park is—justifiably—New Mexico’s most famous attraction. Take the self-guided audio tours of the Natural Entrance and Big Room (tickets and headphones are available at the park visitor center).

Drive and walk through the glittering, 145,000-acre White Sands National Monument, the world’s largest expanse of gypsum sand dunes.

Drop by the Tunstall Store Museum, a 19th-century general store that still displays unopened dry goods and hardware from the period.

Drive along Highway 152, between Truth or Consequences and Silver City, through the nearly deserted, former silver boomtowns of Hillsboro and Kingston. Each has numerous original (sometimes abandoned) buildings from the region’s late-19th-century heyday.

Drive high into the 9,000-foot Sacramento Mountains and strolling along the Nelson Canyon Vista Trail for views of the White Sands National Monument.

Hit the 55 groomed trails at Ski Apache, which encompasses 750 acres in the 12,000-foot-tall Sierra Blanca.

Take a vigorous, steep-sloped mountain-bike ride through Boston Hill, a large park overlooking Silver City where trails weave through old silver-mining encampments and plunging ravines.

Set 9,000 feet above sea level in the rarefied air of Cloudcroft, the Victorian-inspired hotel has 59 elegantly furnished rooms.

The museum is an impressive repository of art and memorabilia