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New Mexico True welcomes the student teams participating in the 3rd Annual Spaceport America Cup! New Mexico has played a major role in the understanding and exploration of space. From ancient Native American observatories at Chaco Canyon to modern day facilities such as the Very Large Array astronomical radio observatory, New Mexico’s clear skies and high altitudes have provided an ideal location to study the skies. Robert Goddard and Wernher von Braun’s experimental rocketry, NASA’s testing and space missions, and more recently Spaceport America, have all prospered in New Mexico’s open space and low population. We know how hard you have worked to get here and hope that you’ll take a little extra time to explore New Mexico before or after the competition. 

Download a printable list of activities. [HERE]

(Written in partnership with NM Art Museum)

Activities, Attractions & Events 

Breakfast Burrito

1. Rise and Shine

Breakfast is an important meal, especially for growing and learning minds. Rise and shine with a breakfast burrito from one of a hundred restaurants on the New Mexico True Breakfast Burrito Byway. Remember: Mornings can be chile.

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Taos Pueblo

2. Dive Into Culture

New Mexico is rich with 1,000 years of Native culture — 23 Pueblos and Nations, each with distinct stories, art, food, and living traditions. We’re also home to five of USA Today’s 10 Best Native American Experiences.

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25 Reasons to Love Route 66, includes the Blue Swallow Motor Court in Tucumcari

3. Get Your Kicks on our Stretch of 66

The iconic Route 66 is well known throughout America, but New Mexico’s stretch is rich with authentic culture and living history, most of which still stands today. Take a nostalgic road trip on and off the Mother Road in the Land of Enchantment.

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Dark Slies

4. Capture the Cosmos

With low light pollution and open skies, you can see stars for miles on the New Mexico Dark Skies Trail. We’re home to five International Dark Sky locations and some of the best stargazing opportunities on Earth.

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Tent Rocks

5. Off the Beaten Path

Explore Kasha-Ka-Tuwe Tent Rocks, dormant volcanoes, ancient lava flows, ice caves, archeological digs, and much more.

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Ojo Caliente

6. Time to Relax

Relax the New Mexico True way with spa treatments that use locally sourced ingredients.

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7. A Taste of New Mexico

Careful: Things can get heated here! Many locally owned restaurants hold culinary treasure.

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San Jose de Gracia Church; Las Trampas

8. Fix Your Eyes on This

Visit and sightsee some of the oldest cathedrals in the nation.

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Adventurers and explorers, welcome to the Southwest’s best outdoor recreation.

9. Take a Hike

Discover state parks that are often under the radar or unknown to the public.

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But if you are looking to stay close to Las Cruces, check out the Organ Mountains.

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Cacao Chocolates

10. Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Try unique and decadent desserts that will leave you wanting more.

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A lone building is all that remains of Ancho

11. Ghost Towns

Once upon a time in the late 1800’s, many of the now-ghost towns in New Mexico were booming with fun, excitement, and riches. Want to narrow down your search close to Las Cruces?

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Check out Mesilla—although not exactly a ghost town but living history.

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Flamenco Festival

12. Festivals and Fun

Whether you’re a music lover, shopper, foodie and all in between, New Mexico towns have an event for you.

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Check out what’s happening in Las Cruces, near Spaceport America.

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Elephant Butte Lake Jet Boater

13. Take a Dip

Cool down at a nearby lake or river in Sierra County all while having fun boating, fishing, kayaking and more.

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14. Cowboy Up

Saddle up and ride a horse at the Geronimo Trails Guest Ranch.

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Camping and Hiking

15. Connect with Nature

With 360,000 acres to explore, the Ted Turner Expeditions crafts the best adventure for you.

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Cowboy Camping

16. Camp Out

Experience Back to Nature camping and Dark Sky’s at Sierra County lakes, State Parks, the Gila National Forest, Gila National Wilderness, and Alpo Leopold Wilderness Areas

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