December 14, 2019
Las Vegas, NM
Every December in Las Vegas, the streetlights are turned low as the holiday cheer shines bright. Head to downtown Las Vegas and watch the town come to life as dozens of dazzling, festive parade floats light up the city streets. The parade ends at the Historic Plaza Park, which is beautifully decorated with lights and Christmas trees.
An hour east of Las Vegas is the Sabinoso Wilderness, a remote wilderness area that includes a series of high, narrow mesas surrounded by cliff-lined canyons. Visitors can enjoy camping, hiking, wildlife viewing, and more within the 20,000 acres of wilderness.
Six miles northwest of Las Vegas are the warm, healing, mineral-charged pools of Montezuma Hot Springs. Centuries ago, Native warriors healed their wounds in these springs after battle, and it’s even said that Jesse James and Billy the Kid may have even spent an evening or two relaxing in these waters.
Fort Union National Monument is the territorial-style adobe remnants of the largest 19th century military fort in the region. Visitors can embark upon a 1.25-mle walk on the self-guided interpretive trail that will take them through the entire fort.
Conveniently located near historic Las Vegas, Storrie Lake State Park offers visitors great opportunities for fishing, bird watching, camping, boating, and even windsurfing.
In the midst of piñon and juniper near the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, an ancestral pueblo and the remains of an adobe mission stand as a meaningful reminder of the people who once lived here. Pecos National Historical Park preserves the cultural exchange and geographic facets central to the rich history of the Pecos Valley and New Mexico.