In this section
Come along with our host, Michael Newman, as he explores the state’s most memorable destinations (and meets a few interesting characters along the way). New Mexico True Television airs Sunday mornings in select New Mexico and Texas markets, but you can also check out the full episodes here.
New Mexico offers a tremendous variety of agriculture and livestock operations. And many of them welcome guests to share parts of the adventure. The True TV Crew traveled the state, and found a few of the gems filled with flavor, fun and furry creatures. You'll say you are going because the kids love it, but we can all see that smile on your own face.
There are your basic roadside attractions, and then there is Runyan Ranch. This family-owned zoo literally gives visitors a hands-on experience with both ranch and exotic animals It also serves as a refuge for an ever-growing collection. A family-friendly place that offers a #NewMexicoTrue version of Noah's Ark.
The winding mountain road climbing from Alamogordo to Cloudcroft is a gorgeous drive. But making a couple of stops along the way showed the True TV Crew there is more than scenery here. Cherries, apples, and a classic General Store are among the bushels of fun and adventure they discovered and share.
Yes, you can take the kids to meet the kids. Baby goats are part of the adventure included in a tour of this cow and goat dairy. Artisanal cheeses are the specialty here, but for visitors the opportunity to watch and learn and even help out is a terrific byproduct. And, of course, you also get to taste those cheeses.
Calling this place a "pumpkin patch" is a bit misleading. Sure, there are fields of pumpkins. But this seasonal attraction uses that classic foundation to build a much larger experience for the visitors. Put away the cellphones and video games because the kids will be too busy having fun.
New Mexico is rich in well-known and well-visited spots for touring adventure. But there are plenty of great experiences out there that aren’t so bright on the radar. You just have to know where to look, and fortunately the NM True TV Crew supplies this road map for adventure in southern New Mexico.
Carrizozo is at a crossroads both literally and developmentally. The small New Mexico town has long served as a hub for travelers heading to places like White Sands, Lincoln, Ruidoso and Roswell. In recent years this relatively quiet rural community has also started making some noise in the art world. The True TV Crew takes a tour of the many galleries and studios now calling Ruidoso home, and take on the town's Burro Challenge.
Buried video games and Billy the Kid. Maybe not the most natural of combinations, but that blend is just one of the wonders contained within this Alamogordo museum. Even the building itself is a story. So much of our country's history wound through this region that you might need to set aside some extra time to absorb it all.
Las Cruces is New Mexico's second largest city, and it offers a wealth of activity and adventure for the traveler. The Emmy award winning NM True Crew hikes, snacks, shops and sews (yes, sews) its way through just a small sampling of those available fun outings.
Ghost towns might or might not have actual ghosts, but what they all have in abundance is history. Lake Valley is no exception, with a rich heritage dating back to the 1800s and the boom of the silver mining industry in southern New Mexico. Along with sister “ghost towns” of Hillsboro and Kingston Lake Valley provides a glimpse back to what life was like decades upon decades ago in New Mexico.
This family-owned restaurant is relatively new, but the family history in the Mesilla Valley goes back generations. That heritage of chile farming and traditional cooking blends with the modern training of the restaurant's chef to create a menu that embraces all that makes this region special.
The never-ending search for the intriguing and unusual reaped big rewards in Las Cruces when the Emmy winning NM True Crew paid a visit to Art Obscura. The paired collections of antiques and collectibles with contemporary works of local artists make this a compelling place to visit. It’s all for sale, but “just looking” here is a treat as well.
There is a common saying that it is about the journey, not the destination. But after some hiking in the Organ Mountains outside of Las Cruces Michael and the NM True Crew might argue it is both. The climbs to higher ground included an abundance of both beauty and interesting information from their guide. And the views from the top…stunning.
The Emmy award winning NM True Crew explores this southeastern New Mexico city, with the help of schoolkids who wrote in to boast about all it has to offer. From treasure hunting to a heritage walk, from food to fun, the youngsters act as proud tour guides showing off all that Artesia offers.
There isn’t one good place to eat in Artesia, since it became clear to the Emmy award winning NM True Crew there are several. Young local tour guides lead a culinary adventure through the southeast New Mexico city, and the True Crew gets a taste of all Artesia offers for a hungry visitor.
You can find fun and adventure in the most unusual places, with a little help from a hobby known as geocaching. A young Artesia, NM fan of this treasure hunting takes Michael and the Emmy award winning NM True Crew on a search for hidden caches. And the thrills are more about the searching than the finding.
Artesia, NM boasts of a diverse and adventure-filled history. And a young tour guide insisted on taking the Emmy award winning NM True Crew on a walking tour of the amazing sculptures and maybe more amazing mural that capture all the excitement and rich heritage of this southeastern New Mexico city.