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Truth or ConsequencesUnited States of America

Relax with therapeutic spa treatments, learn about the people — from Native Americans to miners — who have inhabited this area and find out how the city got its unusual name.

The hot spring city of Truth or Consequences is an oasis of relaxation in the rocky Sierra County on the edge of the lush Rio Grande valley and the Elephant Butte Reservoir. Capture photographs of the picturesque backdrop of red mountains as you explore this interesting city with some 8,000 locals.

Wander through the historic center and meet some of the locals, who affectionately call their home “T or C”. Ask them about the unusual name of their city. In 1950, the city changed its name from Hot Springs in honor of a popular NBC radio, and eventually TV, program. The show’s presenter then visited T or C every year for 50 years on the first weekend of May. His visit, often accompanied by other celebrities, was marked by a celebration called “Fiesta” which continues today and includes beauty pageants and parades.

Watch an episode of the Truth or Consequences TV show in the Geronimo Springs Museum, on the city’s Main Street. The museum also presents collections that document the history of the county. Follow this heritage through displays from Hispanic and Apache artifacts to a re-assembled miner’s cabin.

Other interesting sites in the downtown area include Las Palomas Plaza, through which water from the hot springs flows. Admire the plaza’s colorful art installations that resemble the surrounding terrain.

Take some time out at one of the many spas spread out across the town. Venues include La Paloma Hot Springs and Spa and the Indian Springs Baths and Apartments. The water in Truth or Consequences is free of the unpleasant odor that often comes with natural hot springs.

Head southeast by car for 40 minutes to reach the impressive Spaceport America and learn about its goal of making space travel possible for everyone. Take a tour of its futuristic terminals and ride the G-Shock Trainer for a glimpse into the strenuous training of astronauts.

Truth or Consequences lies in a sparsely populated area in the Jornada del Muerto desert basin of southern New Mexico. Arrive at Albuquerque International Airport or El Paso International Airport, both of which are approximately 130 miles (210 kilometers) from the city. Expect hot, sunny weather in summer with cold winters, when temperatures fall below freezing at night and snow covers the peaks of the mountains of Sierra County.

Top hotels in Truth or Consequences

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Motel 6 Truth Or Consequences, NM
Motel 6 Truth Or Consequences, NM
2 out of 5
2151 N Date St, Truth or Consequences, NM
The price is £38 per night

Situated in Truth or Consequences, this motel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Sierra del Rio Golf Course, Geronimo Springs Museum and Truth or Consequences Veterans ...

2.9/5 (221 reviews)

"Older motel, clean, very basic no extra amenities in the room i.e hairdryer, lotion, coffee machine, iron are not provided. If your looking for a basic clean place to sleep for a good price this is the place."…"

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2020

Motel 6 Truth Or Consequences, NM
Travelodge by Wyndham Truth or Consequences
Travelodge by Wyndham Truth or Consequences
2.5 out of 5
2270 N Date Street, Truth or Consequences, NM
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £56 per night

Situated in Truth or Consequences, this motel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Sierra del Rio Golf Course, Geronimo Springs Museum and Truth or Consequences Veterans ...

3.9/5Good! (362 reviews)

"The room was very comfortable and clean, and the front desk service was good."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2020

Travelodge by Wyndham Truth or Consequences
Sierra Grande Lodge
Sierra Grande Lodge
3.5 out of 5
501 Mcadoo St, Truth or Consequences, NM
The price is £108 per night

Situated in Truth or Consequences, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Geronimo Springs Museum and Truth or Consequences Veterans Memorial Park. Elephant ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (77 reviews)

"The staff were nice. The room was fairly clean. The property itself has not been up kept. For a spa lodge there should be more basic cleanup and upkeep of amenities. Picking up trash at hot spring, weeding, replacing bulbs etc cost little to nothing but make a resort luxurious. I think they need ..."…"

Reviewed on 11 Jul 2020

Sierra Grande Lodge

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Spaceport America
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Elephant Butte Reservoir

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Bosque del Apache
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Bosque del Apache

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