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For anyone with experience in the area: if you were to spend a day travelling between Canutillo, TX, and Hatch, NM, what side trips would you recommend?

The direct route is only 70 miles, so there's probably room for some pretty long side trips.

Right now I'm interested in personal favorites (that you're willing to share) rather than Google hits.

Thanks!
 

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Absolutely! I <3 Chaco.
The road in can be a bit challenging, depending on how recently it's been graded (or at least, used to be) -- but so worth it.
 

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I camped for a couple of weeks at the base of the Organ Mountains above Las Cruces and loved it— the National Monument has a Visitor’s Center with a lovely small garden (I was there in early November last year, and it was still going strong), free water, and picnic areas, but I’m not sure it would be worth a side trip per se. (The mountains are definitely worth it.) White Sands NP was a hoot and a half, and very accessible by vehicle, so a bum foot needn’t be a deterrent. The area has lots of pistachio orchards with little farm stands. It sticks in my mind that Tularosa has a museum with info on the “Downwinders” and impact of nuclear testing in the area.
 

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Before you leave Canutillo take a side trip to Casa de Azucar. An amazing amount of creativity and years of work.

If you like museums there are a couple of good ones in Las Cruces, New Mexico. New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum and the Zuhl Museum. The Zuhls had a business selling petrified wood, fossils, minerals, and rocks. They sold their business but kept their personal collection of the best pieces which they donated to the museum.
 

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the Gila Wilderness and Cliff Dwellings were really cool. fantastic drive from Silver City (the poor man's Taos)
i so want to get back to the area, and yes on Chaco as well.
 

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For anyone with experience in the area: if you were to spend a day travelling between Canutillo, TX, and Hatch, NM, what side trips would you recommend?

The direct route is only 70 miles, so there's probably room for some pretty long side trips.

Right now I'm interested in personal favorites (that you're willing to share) rather than Google hits.

Thanks!

For anyone with experience in the area: if you were to spend a day travelling between Canutillo, TX, and Hatch, NM, what side trips would you recommend?

The direct route is only 70 miles, so there's probably room for some pretty long side trips.

Right now I'm interested in personal favorites (that you're willing to share) rather than Google hits.

Thanks!
Truth or Consequences for a soak, and/or Faywood for a soak (although it looks like Faywood no longer offers day use). Neither is directly on that route, but possibly close enough for a side trip.
 

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Museum of Space History in Alamogordo, NM. Sunspot Observatory in Sunspot south of Cloudcroft, NM. Valley of Fires Recreation Area on Highway 380 near Carrizozo. The Hubbard Museum of the American West in Ruidoso, NM.
 

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Thanks for all of these. Making a list and looking forward to it!
 
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