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United by the intrigue of old west lore, the communities of Old West Traveler have preserved their colorful past while developing their individual attractions and paths to the future. Enjoy the arts, shopping and cuisine of the Southwest.

A historic melding of international cultures provides a colorful flair to the visual and performing arts, architecture and cuisines of the region. OW30 EL PASO, TX



A renowned wildlife refuge, the center for deep-space eavesdropping and early Spanish missions are the area’s international magnets. OW8 SOCORRO

The convergence of three national forests provides a rugged mountain setting for pack trips, trout fishing and ghost town photography. OW20 RESERVE & GLENWOOD


SIERRA COUNTY New Mexico’s premier water sports destination and the healing attributes of nature’s hot springs now compete for attention with Spaceport America. OW10 TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES OW13 ELEPHANT BUTTE

GRANT COUNT Y Vast tracts of wilderness forest, a mature arts community and historic mining operations are the forces that divert travelers away from the interstates. OW14 SILVER CITY OW16 HISTORIC DOWNTOWN OW17 TRAIL OF THE MOUNTAIN SPIRITS NATIONAL SCENIC BYWAY OW18 MINING DISTRICT

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HIDALGO COUNTY Stagecoach dramas and mining town bad boys are well represented in a mix that includes remote mountain birding and visual arts. OW22 LORDSBURG OW24 BOOTHEEL COMMUNITIES

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Heroes, Villians & Outlaws Southwest New Mexico Regional Attractions Great Outdoors Historic Mining Towns Relics & Realism. Forts, Ghost Towns and Famous Buildings Birding Locations Old West Country Map

LUNA COUNTY Plentiful sunshine attracts the state’s largest wineries and renewable energy developers, but geodes and Pancho Villa draw the visitors. OW24 DEMING

DOÑA ANA COUNTY A center for business and technology development, the area also embraces its vibrant history, the arts, river enhancement and mountain recreation. OW28 LAS CRUCES & MESILLA

OUR COVER Stunning sunsets are a signature occurrence of the Southwest. This one emerged during a light drizzle on San Agustine Pass east of Las Cruces. A camera flash highlighted the state flower – the yucca. Photo by Joe Burgess

TRAVELER Old West Traveler is published annually by Zia Publishing Corp. 116 McKinney Road, P.O. Box 1248, Silver City, NM 88062, 575-3884444,, President & Managing Director, Terri Menges Vice President & Photo Journalist, Joseph Burgess Staff Accountant, Arlyn Cooley Designers, Debra Sutton, Terri Menges Writing, Joseph Burgess except where noted. Photography, Joseph Burgess, except where noted. Contributing Photographers, Lynn Janes, LeAnne Knudsen, Keith LeMay, Luis Perez, Debra Sutton, Judy Wuthrich. Courtesy Photos, Susan LaFont, Sierra County Chamber of Commerce. Advertising Sales, LeAnne Knudsen Distribution, LeAnne Knudsen. Old West Traveler is a supplement to New Mexico Traveler and is manufactured and printed in the United States of America. ©Zia Publishing Corp., 2012. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without permission of the publisher is prohibited. All submissions of editorial or photography are only accepted without risk to the publisher for loss or damage. Every effort was made to ensure accuracy in the information provided. The publisher assumes no responsibility or liability for errors, changes or omissions.

photo by LeAnne Knudsen

Southwest New Mexico and El Paso Texas

photo by LeAnne Knudsen


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