Recreation

Countless Ways To Relax and Countless Ways To Exert Yourself

recreation-imgEnjoy golfing, hiking, boating, fishing, swimming, shopping, exploring, bird watching, relaxing or sightseeing. Turtleback Mountain Resort is at the heart of it all!

As New Mexico’s recreation paradise, Turtleback Mountain Resort offers a variety of activities just minutes away, and others that make perfect day trips. Either way, you’ll always find something exciting and interesting to do as you venture from your new home at Turtleback Mountain Resort.

Just one word of caution. This lifestyle can be addicting.

Golf Experience

Ranked 4th among New Mexico’s golf courses and under the expert guidance of the Director of Golf, Guy Wimberly, the TMR’s course offers challenges for all levels of golfers from beginner to professional. Sierra del Rio is home to the Golf New Mexico Amateur Championships hosted by Golf New Mexico.

Boating

  • Five-minute drive from Elephant Butte Lake State Park, the state’s largest and most pristine lake – 1.65 million visitors per year and 200 miles of coast line.
  • The near-by Rio Grande feeds the reservoirs and provides opportunities for floating and/or fishing the river.

Wellness & Exercise

  • Known for its natural mineral hot springs, the area boasts mineral baths, spa services, and a general health & wellness.
  • The area offers abundant trails for hiking and biking; home to multiple triathlon events throughout the year.
  • Sierra Vista Hospital provides a 25-bed facility certified by Medicare and Federal programs. It offers a variety of services including general medical and Emergency Services as well as the Ancillary services including a Laboratory, Radiology to include CAT Scans, Mammography and more.

Nature Fans/Bird-Watching/Night Sky

  • Gila National Forest is just a 45-minute drive and provides spectacular scenery ranging from high cool mountains with aspen and Douglas-fir to warm semi-arid lowlands with juniper, oak and cactus. It is one of the more remote and least developed National Forests in the southwest. Covering 3.3 million acres of publicly owned forest and range land, the Forest is the sixth largest National Forest in the continental United States.
  • Monticello Canyon Trail just northwest of the small town of Monticello, which is approximately 21 miles northwest of Truth or Consequences. Ranging in elevation from approximately 5,200 feet to a little over 6,200 feet, the trail follows the Alamosa River/Creek from the town of Monticello upstream to the Monticello Box and the remains of the Ojo Caliente Indian Reservation. This is where Indian Agent John Philip Clum arrested Geronimo and his band of renegade Apaches in April 1874.
  • Bosque del Apache is Spanish for “woods of the Apache,” and is rooted in the time when the Spanish observed Apaches routinely camped in the riverside forest. Since then the name has come to mean one of the most spectacular National Wildlife Refuges in North America. Here, tens of thousands of birds–including sandhill cranes, Arctic geese, and many kinds of ducks–gather each autumn and stay through the winter.
  • Sierra County is one of the finest birding regions in the nation in terms of habitat diversity and potential for rarities.  The riparian habitat along the Rio Grande and its associated lakes is a paradise of egrets, herons, pelicans, grebes, and unusual avian sightings, and all three of Sierra County’s state parks (Percha Dam, Caballo and Elephant Butte) were recently designated by the Audubon Society as important birding areas.
  • The Very Large Array, one of the world’s premier astronomical radio observatories, consists of 27 radio antennas in a Y-shaped configuration on the Plains of San Agustin fifty miles west of Socorro, New Mexico (and on the way from Albuquerque to T or C). The Visitor Center is open every day from 8:30 a.m. to dusk.

Area Attractions

  • NEW – Spaceport America, Virgin Galactic’s home for space tourism and commerce – 38,000 reservations from individuals representing 132 nations – 24 miles from TMR
  • Hatch New Mexico – home to Hatch’s Chilies
  • Ted Turner’s Ranches – although private property, there are tours of the Ranches which features Buffalo and Oryx herds, bat caves, area wildlife and the natural environment.
  • Ski Apache Resort at 11,400 ft in Ruidoso (3-hour drive from T or C)
  • Area Ghost Towns – Lake Valley was a silver-mining town in Sierra County. Chloride is located 60 miles north of Las Cruces on Highway 52. Hillsboro was founded in 1877 as a gold miner’s town. Today, Hillsboro’s features quaint gift shops, restaurants, the Black Range Museum and the remains of the Sierra County Courthouse. Winston was first settled in 1881, now features the home and carriage house owned by founder Frank Winston, along with an 1890’s schoolhouse.

Hunting & Fishing

  • Elephant Butte Lake State Park is rated one of the premiere striped bass lakes in the US & the #1 game lake the state has to offer. In June 2007, Field & Stream Magazine named Elephant Butte Lake as one of their “150 Best Fishing Spots Near You.”
  • Located 20 miles downstream from Elephant Butte is Caballo Lake and Percha Dam which includes facilities for RVs, tent camping, boating, fishing, swimming, and hiking. Both parks also offer exceptional birding opportunities.
  • Hunting in the National Forest or on private ranch lands can be organized by several local guides and services.