Welcome to Beautiful Sierra County, New Mexico
If you are lucky enough for an extended stay there are other attractions to explore like historical sites and the “New Frontier” of Spaceport America. With fascinating places to explore, Elephant Butte is the perfect place to bring the family for a weekend or more full of action and fun. Stay awhile you’ll be glad you did! Scroll down to see for yourself.
Spend a day exploring the unique historic communities in the NW section of Sierra County. Places to explore include storefronts, churches, mines, living ghost towns and wide open rural western scenery. Spend a day in the true ghost town of Chloride, New Mexico. Other places to explore include Winston, Cuchillo, and Monticello. The route taking you to these locations is extremely scenic with many photogenic scenes.
Visits to the “New Frontier” Spaceport America can only be made through arranged tours with Follow the Sun Tours. The excursion begins with an “Old West” journey along expansive and scenic desert highways and culminates with a comprehensive tour of the stunning Spaceport America. Plan for an impressive 3 hour experience. Spaceport America Experience 301 S. Foch St. Truth or Consequences
1-844-727-7223 or 894-1544
Forest & Wilderness Areas
The Black Range located in the eastern most portion of the Gila National Forest begins just a few miles west of Elephant Butte. Several of the developed areas in previous slides lie within or adjacent to the forest. The forest has many developed campgrounds. Additionally the forest also has the Gila, Aldo Leopold, and Blue Range Wildernesses which offer unparalleled hiking and horseback riding. Within the wilderness areas you should expect to find no shelters, picnic tables, toilet facilities or other conveniences.
Hillsboro & Kingston
Visit the quaint and historic mountain communities of Hillsboro & Kingston nestled in the Gila National Forest. Historic buildings, art galleries, rural and stunning vistas abound including Emory Pass with Percha Creek running through. This is a prime birdwatching area.
Caballo & Percha Dam
Two Gorgeous State Parks at the foot of the Caballo Mountains. Offering gorgeous water scenes along the reservoir and Rio Grande river. Lots of Cottonwood trees. Camp or the small community has several RV parks. This is another prime birdwatching area.
Agricultural & Lake Valley
The southwest section of Sierra County consists of fertile agricultural land with some small communities along the Rio Grande. Further west is the ghost town of Lake Valley. There are some well preserved and restored buildings along with interesting ruins. Check for their hours on their website.