Truth or Consequences

Truth or Consequences, locally called T or C and formerly known as Hot Springs, is a town in New Mexico in the United States of America. It gets its curious name from a 1950s-vintage television show that offered to film an episode in some little town far from Hollywood, if that town would change its name to match the show's. Hot Springs, New Mexico needed an economic boost, agreed to the deal, and has gained notoriety and consequently tourist business as a result.

Get in

Truth or Consequences is located along Interstate highway 25, about halfway between Albuquerque and Las Cruces. The New Mexico Speed limit is 75 in most places, so it's a quick and easy drive from many locations in the Southwestern United States. Be sure and gas up at Socorro from the north or Las Cruces from the south, each about 70 miles away, as there are no gas stations located between T or C and these cities.

There is a general aviation municipal airport servicing private and charter airplanes. The nearest major airports are located in Albuquerque and El Paso. The Albuquerque Sunport (its international airport) is served by most United States airlines and is a major hub for Southwest Airlines; it is located about 150 miles north. The El Paso airport is located about 150 miles to the south; it also has many major connections.

Trailways bus and independent Mexican buses service T or C, connecting it with Albuquerque and through El Paso to Mexico City.

The nearest Amtrak station is Alvarado Station in Albuquerque. The Railrunner commuter train, formally known as the New Mexico Rail Runner Express, terminates in Belen, New Mexico, over 130 miles north, which connects Albuquerque, some pueblos, and Santa Fe.

Get around

There is no public transportation, but the entire downtown district is very walkable. That would include all 10 lodging options that offer hot mineral baths, plus the shopping/gallery district, plus 7 places to dine, at least 2 of which would be open for each meal of the day. There is taxi service for getting around town and from T or C to Elephant Butte and back. You can also rent a car ahead of time from Whitehead Auto for a day or two of exploration, and spend the rest of the time exploring the art of doing almost nothing--soaks in different bath houses, walks to the galleries or the river, getting a massage.


Don't miss the Geronimo Springs Museum, or the Hamilton Military Museum at Veterans Memorial Park





You'll find a number of watering holes in town. Couple of sawdust joints like the "Pine Knot Saloon" on 3rd street at one end to the Golf Course Brassie at Sierra Del Rio with four 50 inch plasma screens and a granite bar at the other. Places to get a drink are: BellaLuca (beer&wine), Pine Knot (beer,wine,&liquor), Raymonds (beer,wine,&liquor), Los Arcos (beer,wine,&liquor), Sierra Del Rio (beer,wine,&liquor), Casa Taco (beer&wine), Elephant Butte Inn (beer,wine,&liquor), Pacific Grill (beer&wine) and maybe a few others.


Go next

Go to both lakes...nuff said.

Routes through Truth or Consequences

Albuquerque Socorro  N  S  Las Cruces END

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