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Welcome to Sierra County! Birding Pt 3..Elephant Butte Lake

Posted December 9, 2013

Elephant Butte Lake State Park:  Exit 83 or 79 off I-25.  Best birded between September and early May.  Featuring deep water species and shore birds with North Monticello Point on the lake as the best birding spot.  Look for Foster's and Black Terns, Willets and Marbled Godwits, Spotted Sandpipers and Long-Billed Curlew, Western and Clarks Grebes and White Pelicans to name a few.  A nominal fee is required to enter the State Park.  The visitor Center located on Highway 195 in Elephant Butte can provide a bird list, maps, directions to various birding spots along the shoreline and boat rental information.  Call 575-744-5421

Welcome to Sierra County! Birding Pt 2

Posted December 8, 2013

Welcome to Sierra County, Birding Pt. 2
Water Canyon-16 miles west of Socorro on Highway 60.  Turn left past mile marker 124 and proceed about 6 miles to campground.  Desert grassland at 4,600 feet to Montane Forest, 10,000 feet, provide a broad range of habitats for a wide variety of land birds.  New Mexico Bird Finding Guide says "Water Canyon is especially well known as the northeastern most reliable breeding site for red-faced warblers" (late April to August).  Look for Black-Throated Sparrow, Scaled Quail, Curve-Billed and Crissal Thrashers in the grasslands and Western and Mountain Bluebirds, Say's Phoebe, Ash-Throated Flycather in the Pinon-Juniper zone and higher up the Black-Throated Gray Warbler, Western Tanager, Graces' Warbler, Hermit Thrush and the Red-Faced Warbler...just to name a few.  May through July in Water Canyon is an outstanding site for nocturnal birds such as the Flammulated Owl, Western Screech Owl, Whip-Poor-Will and Common Poorwill.  A must see!  Call 575-854-2381

Welcome to Sierra County! Birding Pt 1

Posted December 7, 2013

Birding in Sierra & Socorro Counties...over 400 of the state's 502 bird species!!  We will spend several blogs dedicated to birding in our area!

"The Box"..on the way to Water Canyon - 7.5 miles west of Socorro on Highway 60 near mile marker 131.5..on the dirt road past bridge, turn south and bear left at fork in the dirt road.  Look for Scott's Oriole, Gray Vireo, Rufous-Crowned Sparrow, Montezuma Quail, Canyon Wren and Canyon Towhee.

What's Happenin' in Sierra County

Posted December 5, 2013

Holiday events are starting!

12/13/2013Old-Fashioned Christmas6-9pm, Downtown Truth or ConsequencesThe evening begins with the annual Christmas Tree lighting in Evelyn Renfro park, after which all can enjoy bonfires, carolers and other performers, and holiday refreshments in downtown T or C. A Live Nativity is at the Baptist Church; businesses are open for holiday shopping; and - ho ho ho - Santa Claus takes requests from the kiddies! Sponsored by MainStreet Truth or Consequences.Cost: free.Contact: Truth or Consequences MainStreet, promotions@torcmainstreet.org.http://www.torcmainstreet.org



Elephant Butte Luminaria Beachwalkdusk, Elephant Butte Lake State ParkA festive annual event, sponsored by the Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce, featuring free refreshments at approximately 25 campsites situated along sandy beach paths lit by 4000 luminarias. There will be hayrides, a boat and RV lighting contest, caroling, and of course an appearance by Santa. The EB Rotary Club will be taking donations for the Make-A-Wish Foundation on NM at their campsite. Guests should enter through the main entrance of Elephant Butte Lake State Park. The Luminaria Walk is sponsored by the Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce. Awards ceremony and Christmas party follows at the Elephant Butte Inn.  Band, Cactus Flats, will be playing.Cost: park entrance fee.Contact: Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce, Kim Skinner, 575-740-1777.http://elephantbuttechamberofcommerce.com

12/14/2013Second Saturday Art Hop - December6-9pm, Downtown T or CGalleries, studios, shops and restaurants are open late on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Check the MainStreet Truth or Consequences website for info on opening exhibits and special events.Cost: free.Contact: MainStreet Truth or Consequences, promotions@torcmainstreet.org.http://torcmainstreet.org/hop/


Elephant Butte Christmas Arts an Crafts Show9am-3pm, Elephant Butte Community Center, 313 Rio Grande Circle, Elephant ButteElephant Butte Art and Craft Sale has a special variety of items for your Holiday shopping. Fine art, silver jewelry, pecans, gourd art, paintings, hand painted ceramics, yard art, and wonderful food. Do your last minute shopping with us and enjoy our local artists wonderful work. That's the second Saturday in December.Cost: free.Contact: Elephant Butte Christmas Artsand Craft Show, Steph Ross, 575-740-3971,srfoxie@gmail.com.


Regular Main Stream Square Dancing2 - 4 pm, Moose Lodge dining room, 202 W. Smith St, Truth or ConsequencesSundays,check it out - free Tips & Tunes dance from 2pm-2:45pm - no experience required. There are lots of "angels" to help you learn. From 2:45pm-4pm is our weekly Club mainstream square dance open to the public. Come alone, as a couple, or a family. Need not be a member of the Moose to come and dance or just watch the fun. Call ahead to be sure the venue has not been temporarily changed. No charge for Tips & Tunes or to watch. $3.00 per person to danceContact: The Sierra Twirlers Square Dance Club of T or C, Carole Wheeler, 575-313-9971,randcintennessee@msn.com.

Welcome to Sierra County! Riverbend Hot Springs

Posted December 2, 2013

New Mexico's only hot springs spa on the banks of the Rio Grande River..

Located in the historic town of Truth or Consequences and near Spaceport America, Riverbend is an affordable, smoke free, hot springs resort and spa, where their guests can relax in a beautiful, laid back environment.  Riverbend is known as one of the best hot springs in the southwest for its clean, comfortable pools and its unmatched views of the Rio Grande River and Turtleback Mountain.  They feature public and private pools of temperatures between 101 - 108 degrees.  

Contact : 575-894-SOAK (7625)


Welcome to Sierra County! Lago Rico Inc. Pt. 3

Posted December 1, 2013

The third (and last) marina owned by Lago Rico Inc. is Rock Canyon Marina.  It is located down Rock Canyon road off  highway 195.  Aqua lodges and pontoons are available for rent.  As with the other Marinas, fuel for boats and boaters is available.  There is a convenient loading dock and the Rock Canyon Service Center.  Rock Canyon Marina is home port for  many sailboats and starting point for most regattas including the annual Race to the Elephant.  Night fishing is available Memorial Day through Labor Day.  For more information visit www.rockcanyonmarina.com

For Aqua lodge rentals call 575-744-5462

Welcome to Sierra County! Lago Rico Inc. Pt. 2

Posted November 29, 2013

The second marina owned by Lago Rico Inc. on Elephant Butte Lake is the Dam Site Marina.  The Dam Site Marina has a number of features to enhance your next lake vacation.  Nestled in a charming cove, the Marino offers a place to refuel boats as well as thirsty boaters.  Behind Elephant Butte, the land formation from which the lake takes its name, this marina rents kayaks and paddle boats.  Lodging on the lake includes rustic cabins and the historic Lodge.  More information is available at www.thedamsite.com

Welcome to Sierra County! Lago Rico Inc.

Posted November 27, 2013

Today I would like to highlight Lago Rico Inc. the owner of three marinas on Elephant Butte Lake, New Mexico's largest lake.  Marina Del Sur Marina, referred to by locals as the "main marina" is located directly inside the main state park entrance.  It is newly rebuilt with the largest store on the lake and convenient fuel pumps so there is no need to stop the fun to fill up on essentials.

Located adjacent to the main boat ramp, this Marina also specializes in boat rentals.  Rentals include speed boats or pontoons.  The covered Marina deck is available by reservation for parties or reunions.

For more information visit the website at www.marinadelsur.info

For prices and rentals call 575-744-5567.

I'll highlight the other two marinas later.

Welcome to Sierra County! Hamilton Military Museum

Posted November 26, 2013

The Dianne Hamilton Military Museum is located adjacent to the Veterans Memorial in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. New Mexico State House Representative Dianne Miller Hamilton represents District 38 which includes Grant, Hidalgo and Sierra Counties.  Mrs. Hamilton is a staunch advocate for veterans; practically every member of family (male and female) is either active military or a veteran.  It was with her tireless help and support that made this museum a reality.
The Veterans Memorial features monuments, plaques, a replica of the statue of liberty, a history walk designed in the shape of a Congressional Medal of Honor medallion, and a 1/2 size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The museum continues the experience by providing educational exhibits and collections that include war memorabilia, a display honoring the Buffalo Soldiers, a collection of military buttons, and artifacts of local residents that are military related. The museum exterior wall that faces the main street is adorned with an impressive mural of soldiers in lush vegetation and a Huey helicopter. Personal note: you could spend a full day in this museum...it is fascinating!

Hamilton Military Museum and Veterans Memorial Park
996 S. Broadway 
P.O. Box 472
Truth or Consequences 87901

Opening hours: 9:00 AM

Open all year: Except for some holidays


Welcome to Sierra County! T or C Veterans Memorial Park

Posted November 25, 2013

Sierra County is an amazing place...most people don't realize how much there is to see and do here so I am starting this blog...in no specific order...of places to see and things to do and other information I hope you will find interesting.  Today I would like to highlight the T or C Veterans Memorial Park.  This park is dedicated to the memories of family and friends that have dedicated their lives to the service of our great country.  All generations are encouraged to come and experience the "Wall That Heals" as well as other attractions within the park.  In February 2003, a half-scale traveling replica of the world-renown Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall made its permanent home in Truth or Consequences, NM.  This wall was one of a handful of wall replicas traveling throughout the nation.   Since its inception in 1996, more than one million people have visited the Memorial Funds Traveling Wall exhibition.  it has made stops in nearly 200 U.S. locales in addition to touring the four Provinces of Ireland.  This wall, that was purchased by New Mexico with the assistance of local businessmen traversed the United States for approximately three years until being retired in December 2002.

"The Wall That Heals speaks not only to the loss, but of the lives of 58,420 men and women named on the wall - our parents, children, neighbors and friends" said Jan C. Scruggs, founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial fund.  We are confident that the memorial will become a frequent visiting place for those honoring the service of all who served in Vietnam and in particular, the 399 New Mexicans who made the ultimate sacrifice.  This memorial in Truth or Consequences serves as a common gathering place for  New Mexicans both young and old to show respect and honor in remembrance.

"The Walk of Education" is fascinating.  You take an historical walk along a congressional Medal of Honor shaped path and read our country's history on a monument representing each conflict the United States has been involved in since 1775 up to and including Afghanistan and Iraq.  You could easily spend a few hours in this place of honor.  In the next blog, I'll discuss the adjacent Hamilton Military Museum.


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