#9 Montezuma Hot Springs

Six miles northwest of Las Vegas, the warm, healing, mineral-charged pools of Montezuma Hot Springs are one of Mother Nature’s myriad blessings found in Northern New Mexico. Centuries ago native…

#19 Storrie Lake State Park

Storrie Lake is a local treasure for hiking, fishing, boating, bird watching, windsurfing or just relaxing in a wonderful world of colors and warm summer breezes. Located just 4 miles…

The Damn Authentic Newsletter

What’s New? Did you know there is a new gallery on the plaza? Have you heard about the street beautification plan? Want to take the new Ghost Trail tour? Our…

#40 Easy Rider Film Locations

Easy Rider filmed in Las Vegas, NM The cult classic Easy Rider, lives on in Las Vegas during the Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally. Starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Jack…

#28 Ghost Trail

Adventuresome spirits and restless souls — Las Vegas has its share of both. Follow the Ghost Trail to several well-known sites in town where paranormal phenomena have been witnessed. Start…

#106 A Tribute to 550 Local Musicians

Thanks For The Melodies…Honoring The Musicians of Las Vegas, New Mexico Thank you for the music you brought into our lives. That’s pretty much the idea at the center of…

#108 The Astronaut Farmer

The Astronaut Farmer starring Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Dern and Virginia Madsen, was filmed in several local New Mexico locations. The most notable Las Vegas location is the L’Esperance Dairy…

#37 Fort Union Drive-In

Catch a double feature at our Fort Union Drive-in—moviegoing under the stars, plus modern digital projection of the latest Hollywood hits. The theater was built in 1958, the heyday of…

#100 Dwan Light Sanctuary Public Art Space

Among this area’s many treasures, one jewel shines unlike any other. It’s the Dwan Light Sanctuary, located on the campus of the United World College in Montezuma, NM, just outside…

Where to Stay in Las Vegas, NM

Hotels and Motels: Where to Stay in Las Vegas, NM Whether you are a fan of roadside motels from a by-gone era, or looking for an authentic historic hotel or B&B,…

#73 Giant Cream Puffs Do Exist

Charlie’s Spic & Span Bakery and Café 713 Douglas Ave. Las Vegas New Mexico 505-426-1921 Everybody loves it, and everybody goes there. Charlie’s is a casual, colorful local diner in…

#74 Johnson Flynn Heavyweight Boxing Match 1912

Las Vegas, New Mexico, July 4, 1912 When New Mexico became a state in January of 1912, the law prohibiting prizefights changed overnight. Professional boxing was now legal and there…

#99 All the Pretty Horses, Filmed in Las Vegas, NM

Matt Damon and Penelope Cruz star in this romantic western drama. Locations include the Castaneda Hotel, historic Train Depot, and Murphy’s Drugs (now Community 1st Bank). Fun fact: Penelope Cruz…

#91 Railroad Avenue Las Vegas, NM, Historic District

District Three — Railroad Avenue, Lincoln Park & Douglas-Sixth Street Historic Districts: As the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe (AT&SF) Railroad steamed into Las Vegas on July 4, 1879, hundreds…

#5 Paula Angel Hanged Until (Almost) Dead

The only woman ever hanged in New Mexico … twice. It was a crime of passion for which she did not deserve to be executed, her attorney argued. The year…

#20 Fort Union National Monument

150 Years Back In Time, Just 30 Miles Up The Road Ready for a little time travel? Fort Union is an historic treasure, especially for Civil War buffs, history enthusiasts,…