If you'd like to go another 10 miles, head on out to Las Cruces (The Crosses), the 2 nd largest city in New Mexico, with over 100,000 residents. Enjoy delicious New Mexican cuisine in the festive old town plaza of Mesilla and then shop until your heart's content in Las Cruces. If you have time on your way back, stop off at Space Murals Museum, which has free admission and an extensive collection of space articles, records, memorabilia, and an outdoor garden dedicted to the ill-fated Challenger mission. Also on the property, outside the gates in the area of the parking lot, is a letterbox and a geocache that we placed. Find them for a little souvenir of your visit: www.geocaching.com
This popular resort town is about an hour from Alamogordo at the base of Sierra Blanca. Most of the surrounding land belongs to the Mescalero Apache. The Inn of the Mountain Gods is a nice casino and resort that sits beside a beautiful lake with mountainous scenery. There is always something going on in Ruidoso, even horse racing.