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The 7 Best Places to Visit in Southern New Mexico

Families, groups, art-enthusiasts, couples, outdoor adventurers, and more will find something to appreciate on a visit to any of New Mexico’s best southern attractions. Casino gaming, alien-themed museums, rolling white sand dunes, and hidden caverns are just some of the top places to visit in southern New Mexico.

Read on to discover the 7 top places to visit in southern New Mexico!

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Hubbard Museum of the American West

Where: Ruidoso Downs

Contact: (575) 378-4142

Located in Ruidoso Downs, this southern New Mexico museum is an ode to the old American West and is a popular attraction among all ages. The museum includes six exhibits that feature sculptures, centuries-old horse-drawn vehicles, American Southwest-inspired jewelry, and stunning artwork.

Inn of the Mountain Gods

Where: Mescalero

Casino gaming. Fishing. Ziplining. Concerts. Golfing. Oh my! These are just some of the things you can experience at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino. Located on the Mescalero Apache Reservations in Mescalero, New Mexico, Inn of the Mountain Gods has remained a favorite among travelers visiting the area, whether it be for a weekend trip or just to pass-through for some of the best casino gaming in New Mexico. See everything this southern New Mexico resort has to offer!

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Ski Apache

Where: Alto

Contact: (575) 464-3600

Ski Apache is southern New Mexico’s top destination for snow skiing and snowboarding. Located at the alpine peak of Sierra Blanca, this premier New Mexico skiing and snowboard resort offers some of the best warm-weather powder skiing in the world. The resort offers slopes for all skill levels, bump runs, a terrain park, and a bowl. The park is also open during the warmer months for hiking, biking, and ziplining.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Where: Carlsbad

Contact: (575) 785-2232

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is home to 119 hidden caverns that lay beneath the Chihuahuan Desert’s surface. Visitors can take a ranger-guided tour or tour the caverns at your own pace. The park’s Bat Flight Program is a truly unique event that is held at the caverns every evening from Memorial Day weekend through October.

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Roswell, New Mexico

From bug-eyed aliens to flying saucers, Roswell is certainly well-known for its extra-terrestrial obsession. Visitors will find plenty of alien-themed museums and shops to feed any out-of-this-world appetites. The fifth-largest New Mexico city is also home to many outdoor recreation areas, magnificent state parks, and the Spring River Park & Zoo.

White Sands National Monument

Where: Holloman

Contact: (575) 479-6124

Encompassing 275 miles of desert, White Sands National Monument is the world’s largest gypsum dune field. The rolling white sand peaks are truly a unique attraction and the park was listed as a national monument in 1933. Visitors can hike, bike, sled the dunes, drive the dunes, or attend a ranger program during their visit.

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Silver City, New Mexico

Silver City is home to a historic downtown area, an eclectic art district, and nearby outdoor recreation areas and state parks including the Catwalk Recreation Area and the Cliff Dwellings National Monument. Named for its silver ore discovery in the late 1800s, this intimate southwest town has become a must-visit destination in southern New Mexico for its festivals, events, and vibrant community.

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