Arts, Entertainment, Recreation, and Tourism

The Middle Rio Grande region is a great place to visit if you enjoy spectacular scenic beauty, the arts, visiting cultural sites, soaking in healing hot springs, and participating in a variety of outdoor activities. Come experience outdoor activities for every fitness level – from birding, photographing, and golfing to hiking, cycling, hunting, boating, rock climbing, and more.

Our four mild seasons are conducive to being outdoors much of the year, with most of our major events occurring in Autumn and Spring. Immerse yourself in our rich history.

Native peoples lived and farmed here for centuries before the pilgrims even arrived at Plymouth Rock on the east coast of the United States. The Piro people began to channel the Rio Grande to irrigate crops and raised maize, beans, and calabash squash. The Mimbres people lived mainly in what is now Sierra County and we still have evidence of their beautiful pottery. Other native tribes who have been in the area for centuries are the Apache and Navajos.

Spanish traders passed through or settled in this region centuries later. Sheep and horses were introduced by the Spanish explorer Coronado in 1540, and later that century, Juan de Onate brought goats, oxen, sheep, and cattle from Mexico.

At the close of the 16th century, another herd arrived with permanent settlers; these “seed cattle” became the foundation for New Mexico’s livestock industry. The region was largely agrarian for centuries with farms and “estancias” (ranches) scattered throughout the region; some of these still exist today.

In the 20th century, mining and astronomy became major industries – hence our regional motto, “From the Cowboy Way to the Milky Way™.” You may find that you enjoy your visit so much that you decide to return, relocate or retire here, or even create a business!



Catron County
Catron County Information

Sierra County
Sierra County Information
Sierra County Events

Socorro County
Socorro County Information
Socorro County Attractions
Trip Advisor: Socorro County Vacations

Valencia County
Village of Los Lunas


Catron County
Catron County Hotels & Motels
The Hidden Springs Inn
Frisco Lodging NM
Eagle Guest Ranch
J & C Lodging (575) 533-6561

Sierra County
Sierra County Accommodations
Truth or Consequences Accommodations
Elephant Butte Accommodations
Williamsburg Accommodations
Hillsboro Accommodations
Kingston Accommodations
Chloride Accommodations

Socorro County

Socorro County Accommodations

Valencia County

Valencia County Accommodations

Camping & Campgrounds

Catron County:


Sierra County:

Valencia County:

RV Parks

Catron County (18):
Apache Creek RV Park- Catron
Pie Town RV Park – Pie Town
Sundial Springs RV Park – Glenwood
Juniper Campground – Quemado Lake
Piñon Campground – Quemado
A to Z list of 18 RV Parks in Catron County

Sierra County

Socorro County;
Valencia County




VERTU Art Gallery
Rio Bravo Fine Art Gallery

Rio Bravo Fine Art Gallery

Art in southern NM
Sierra County
Art Hop
Socorro County

Arts & Crafts Fairs

Arts & Crafts Fair at Garcia Opera House during Festival of the Cranes
Arts & Craft Fair at San Antonio Elementary during Festival of the Cranes

Performing Arts

NMT Tech Performing Arts Series (Socorro)

Astronomy / Space /Technology

Etscorn Observatory (Socorro)

The Lightning Fields outside of Pie Town

Magdalena Ridge Observatory (Socorro)

Spaceport America (Sierra) 

Trinity Site (Socorro)

Very Large Array (Socorro)

Very Large Array

Biking Trails

Bosque del Apache (in some seasons) 
Elephant Butte State Park 
Socorro Co. Hiking and Biking Trails
Sierra County 



Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge (Socorro) 
Elephant Butte Lake State Park,

Elephant Butte Lake State Park, Caballo Lake State Park and Percha Dam State Park (Sierra County)
Ladd S Gordon Waterfowl Complex 
New Mexico Tech Campus and Golf Course (Socorro) 
Truth or Consequences and Sierra County
Water Canyon (Socorro)

NM Birding Areas

Birding in New Mexico

Tour Bosque del Apache NWR Tour Bosque del Apache NWR


Sierra County 

Dude Ranches and check these listings for Dude Ranches in our region:
Concho Hills Guest Ranch (Magdalena)
Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch (Winston)
N Bar Ranch (Reserve)

Eco-Tours & Adventures

BRANT Nature Tours (birdwatching)
Ted Turner Expeditions
Wezil Walraven Bird Tours, LLC 
WolfHorse Outfitters (in Gila &Aldo Leopoldo Wilderness Areas)


Black’s Smuggler Winery  

Old Monticello Farms Balsamic Growers (Sierra)

County Fairs, Rodeos, and Rodeo Complexes

Catron County Fair: (Reserve)
Sierra County Fair (Truth or Consequences)
Socorro Co. Fair & Rodeo
Socorro Rodeo & Soccer Complex

Fishing Guides & Fish Hatchery

Catron County: Where to Fish Gila Trout Angling Streams
Glenwood Fish Hatchery

Sierra County

Ghost Towns

Catron County: Mogollon, Pie Town

Pie Town, USAPie Town, USA  

Sierra County: Chloride, Cuchillo, Engle, Hillsboro, Kingston, Lake Valley, Monticello

Socorro County: Kelly, Magdalena

Golf Courses

New Mexico Tech Golf Course (Socorro)
Sierra del Rio Golf Course (Elephant Butte)
Truth or Consequences Municipal Golf Course:

Hiking Trails & Vistas

Catron County:;
Continental Divide Trail (Catron)
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge (Socorro)
Emory Pass Observation Point (Sierra County):
Glenwood Cat Walk (Catron)
San Lorenzo Canyon (Socorro)
Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge (Socorro)
Socorro County Riverine Parks (Socorro)
Water Canyon (Socorro)

Historical Buildings & Parks

Black Range Lodge B&B (Sierra)
Capitol Bar (Socorro)
Garcia Opera House (Socorro)
Golden Spur Saloon (Magdalena)
Hammel Museum (Socorro)
Harvey House (Valencia)
Kingston Historic Percha Bank Museum (Sierra)
Kingston School House (Sierra)
Luna Mansion (Valencia)
Old San Miguel Mission (Socorro)
Owl Bar & Café (San Antonio)
Socorro Historic Plaza (Socorro)

Hot Springs & Spas/ Wellness Centers

Sierra County:
Socorro County: Yoga del Sol Studio-

Hunting Guides & Outfitters

Catron County:
Gila and Apache Outfitters LLC:
H & A Outfitters Inc.
G3 Outfitters:
Gila Trophy Outfitters
Gila Hotsprings Ranch
Wilderness Outfitters
Sierra County:

Lakes and Rivers and Dams

Caballo Lake:
Elephant Butte Dam:
Elephant Butte Lake:
Percha Dam :
Quemado Lake Recreational Area: (Catron)
Rio Grande River:
Snow Lake (Catron)
Movie Sets/ Film Industry
Catron County: Town of Gabriella (Datil)
Sierra County:
Socorro County:;
Valencia County:

Movie Theatres and Play Houses

Sierra County:
Socorro County:;;
Valencia County:


Black Range Museum (Hillsboro)
Town of Gabriella (Datil in Catron County):
Geronimo Springs Museum (Truth or Consequences)
Hamilton Military Museum & Veterans Park (Truth or Consequences)
Hammel Museum (Socorro)
Harvey House Museum (Valencia)
Kingston Schoolhouse Museum (Kingston)
Mogollon Museum (Catron)
NMT Mineral Museum (Socorro)
Percha Bank Museum (Kingston)
Pioneer Store Museum (Chloride)
Village of Los Lunas Heritage & Arts Museum (Valencia)

National Forests

Apache National Forest (Catron)
Black Range National Forest (Sierra)
Cibola National Forest (Socorro)
Gila National Forest (Catron & Sierra)

National or State Scenic Byways

Geronimo Scenic Byway: and
Lake Valley Backcountry Byway:
Quebradas Backcountry Scenic Byway –;
Socorro Historic Plaza Scenic Byway-

National Wilderness Areas

Aldo Leopold Wilderness and Gila Wilderness (within Gila National Forest)

National Wildlife Refuges

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge (Socorro) – Websites: and
Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge (Socorro)- and

Parks – City and County

Escondido Park and Lake (Socorro)
Healing Waters Park (Truth or Consequences)
Ralph Edwards Park (Truth or Consequences)
Socorro County Riverine Parks –
Socorro County Public Parks

Parks – State of NM

Caballo State Park:
Elephant Butte State Park:
Percha Dam State Park:,-108830562,19407&tbm=lcl&ved=0ahUKEwja4qimn_bWAhUKOyYKHVryBeoQjGoIWQ&tbs=lrf:!2m1!1e2!2m1!1e3!3sIAE,lf:1,lf_ui:9&rldoc=1#rlfi=hd:;si:;mv:!1m3!1d534847.9477270279!2d-108.7954298!3d33.807839900000005!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i541!2i484!4f13.1;tbs:lrf:!2m1!1e2!2m1!1e3!3sIAE,lf:1,lf_ui:9&spf=1508194765762
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Catron County:;

Sierra County, A to Z (40):
Elephant Butte:
Truth or Consequences:

Socorro County, A to Z (27):;
Valencia County, A to Z (xx):

Rock Climbing & Bouldering

Box Canyon in Magdalena area (Socorro)


Sierra County:
Socorro County:

Stargazing & Star Parties

Catron County: Cosmic Campground International Dark Sky Sanctuary
Sierra County:
Socorro County:;


Sierra County:

Visitors Centers:

Sierra County: Geronimo Trail Visitor Center (Truth or Consequences)

Socorro County: Socorro Heritage and Visitor Center –; Bosque del Apache; Sevilleta
Spaceport America Visitor Center (Truth or Consequences)

Water Sports

Boating, Boarding, Tubing, Kayaking, Rafting, Jet Skiing, Houseboats :

Wineries, Breweries, Bars:

Sierra County (13):
Socorro County (7):
Black’s Smuggler Winery
Bodega Burger Co. & Lounge
Buckhorn Tavern (San Antonio)
Capitol Bar
Golden Spur Saloon (Magdalena)
Matador Lounge at El Camino Family Restaurant
Owl Bar & Café (San Antonio)
General link:


* After each event name is the county where it occurs. For more information in general (unless there is a link right after the event), go to:
• For Catron County:
• For Sierra County:
• For Socorro County:;
• For Valencia County:;

Winter (December, January, February)

Battles for Socorro: Civil War Reenactment
Bosque del Apache Free Tours every weekend (Socorro) –
Christmas in the Foothills – (Hillsboro): h
Community Arts Party (Socorro) Butte Floating Lights Parade
Gathering of the Quilts (Truth or Consequences):
Holiday Open House at Bosque del Apache (Socorro) h
Luminaria Beachwalk (Elephant Butte Lake State Park)
Luminarias on the Plaza Art Walk (Socorro)
Mariachi Christmas (Socorro)
Old Fashioned Christmas (Truth or Consequences):
Run for the Wall (Truth or Consequences): Olympiad (Socorro)
Veterans Day Car Show (Truth or Consequences):

Spring (March, April, May)

Blues, Brews & BBQs (Socorro)
Cinco de Mayo Celebration (Socorro)
Easter Egg Roll (Elephant Butte Lake State Park)
Fiesta (Truth or Consequences)
Glenwood Dutch Oven Gathering Cookoff (Glenwood)
Kayak Fishing Tournament (Elephant Butte Lake State Park):
NM State Science & Engineering Fair (Socorro)
Socorro Farmers’ Outdoor Market (Socorro)
Trinity Site/ VLA Tours (Socorro)
Truth or Consequences Hot Springs Festival (Truth or Consequences)

Summer (June, July, August)

Catron County Fair & Rodeo (Catron)
Elephant Butte Chile Challenge Cookoff (Elephant Butte Lake State Park):
Fourth of July Fireworks at the Lake (Elephant Butte Lake State Park)
Junior Open Fishing Tournament (Elephant Butte Lake State Park)
Luna Rodeo ( Luna, Catron County)
Magdalena Old Timers Reunion (Socorro)
NM Tech 4th of July Music & Fireworks (Socorro)
Quemado 4th of July BBQ & Parade (Catron)
Socorro Chile Harvest Triathlon (Socorro)
Winston-Chloride-Dusty-Chiz Annual Fiesta (Winston)

Fall (September, October, November)

Alamo Indian Days (Socorro) –

Arts & Crafts Fair at Garcia Opera House during Festival of the Cranes (Socorro)
Arts & Craft Fair at San Antonio Elementary during Festival of the Cranes (Socorro)
C.A.S.T. for Kids Fishing Tournament (Elephant Butte Lake State Park)
Chile Challenge 4 Wheel Drive Trail Event (Caballo Lake State Park)
Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta (Elephant Butte Lake State Park)
Elephant Days Festival (Elephant Butte)
Enchanted Skies Star Party (Socorro)
Festival of the Cranes (Socorro) –
Labor Day Weekend Antique Show (Sierra)
Pietown Festival (Catron)
NM Mineral Symposium (Socorro)
NM Tech 49ers Celebration (Socorro)
Rio Abajo Becker Street Festival & Classic Car Show (Valencia)
San Miguel Fiesta (Socorro)
Sierra County Fair (Truth or Consequences)
Socorro County Fair & Rodeo (Socorro)
SocorroFest on the Plaza (Socorro) – see also
Trinity Site/ VLA Tours (Socorro)