Despite its foreboding name, Truth or Consequences is actually a charming little town located in central New Mexico. Famous for its hot springs along the Rio Grande River, Truth or Consequences has become a tourist destination for people looking to soak in small town life.
But there’s way more to do in Truth or Consequences than just soak in hot springs–which is, to be fair, a pretty incredible reason to visit. There’s also a charming downtown area, nearby hikes, and more.
Here are our favorite 11 things to do in Truth or Consequences, NM:
1. Visit Riverbend Hot Springs
Riverbend Hot Springs is a resort and spa located on the Rio Grande River. While there are many places to relax and soak in Truth or Consequences, we had such a great experience at Riverbend Hot Springs that we couldn’t possibly recommend anything else.
Soaking in the hot springs at Riverbend is free for overnight guests, but for $12 an hour anyone can soak in Riverbend’s beautiful hot springs. You can also rent a towel for an additional $2. There are a bunch of different hot springs to choose from, and when you’re all done you can sit in their outdoor sauna. Prepare for a day of zen relaxation.
2. Check out Xochi’s Bookstore
There’s nothing that we love more than a cool old used bookstore, and Xochi’s was a great find. Inside this small bookstore located centrally in Truth or Consequences, you can find anything from encyclopedias and history books to cook books and novels. You’ll want to leave yourself plenty of time to peruse this charming spot.
3. Grab lunch at A&B Drive-In
If you’re looking for a quick and casual lunch spot, you can’t go wrong with A&B Drive-In. Whether you pick your food up from the window or dine in their indoor dining area, you’ll love the American-Mexican fusion style of food they serve.
We ordered the enchilada and burger and both were delicious. The people working at A&B Drive In were also super friendly and helpful, recommending different foods to try and things to do while in town.
4. Visit Rio Bravo Fine Art Gallery
We visited Rio Bravo Fine Art Gallery at the recommendation of an art-loving local. It didn’t disappoint. This sprawling gallery has everything from modern works of art to beautiful jewelry, each piece more colorful than the next. It’s worth it to stop in just to see unique style of New Mexico artists.
The owner of the gallery was around while we visited his gallery. He was very friendly and let us walk around without interrupting us. He also didn’t mind us taking pictures–a first for us in galleries.
5. Stroll down Broadway
Broadway is the main street and downtown area in Truth or Consequences. There are a lot of cute shops and restaurants along this street, and we recommend checking out as many as you can. You’ll get a good feel of the town from the friendly locals in each shop.
6. Catch a movie at El Cortez Theater
El Cortez Theater is an old-fashioned movie theater in downtown Truth or Consequences. The classic style theater runs brand new films, with shows starting at 7 PM most nights, and 2 PM and 7 PM on Saturdays. All tickets sell for $6 per person. Check their Facebook page for the latest screenings and showtimes.
7. Grab a beer at Truth or Consequences Brewing Co.
There aren’t exactly many places to grab a drink in Truth or Consequences. Luckily, the one brewery in town is actually a really cool spot. Truth or Consequences Brewing Co. is located on Broadway and has a beautiful tasting room, where it regularly hosts live music events.
There are a bunch of great beers on tap, which are reasonably priced from $5-$8. The bartenders are very friendly and are willing to let you try as many beers as you want to find the beer you want to order. We highly recommend stopping by and having a beer at this one-of-a-kind brewery.
8. Visit Geronimo Springs Museum
Geronimo Springs Museum was recommended to us by another local who described it as “quirky and informative.” Unfortunately, time didn’t allow for us to go into Geronimo Museum but it’s something to consider if you love history. Admission is only $6 for adults, $3 for kids, and kids under the age of 6 visit for free.
9. Try the Asian-Fusion food at Latitude 33
We had an awesome dinner at Latitude 33, which serves up a menu of Asian-fusion deliciousness. Situated on South Pershing Street just steps from the main downtown area, Latitude 33 has cozy seating within their colorful dining area. We ordered the mandarin chicken with fried rice and the chicken lo mein, and both were incredible.
10. Visit Elephant Butte State Park
Less than 10 miles north of Truth or Consequences is Elephant Butte State Park, New Mexico’s largest state park and reservoir. The park allows overnight camping and boat usage, and puts on a fourth of July fireworks show during the summer.
We visited in the winter when much of the water is drained for usage in Texas, but still had an incredible time seeing this picturesque park. If you’re visiting in the summer time, we recommend taking an early morning stroll around the reservoir before things get too busy.
11. Stay at Tula Sanctuary via Airbnb
One of the locals who we met in Truth or Consequences that recommended many of the things we did happened to run a small airbnb. And while we didn’t stay there, we were in her check-in area which was absolutely beautiful.
The Tula Sanctuary Inn that she runs is beautiful and has great reviews, so consider staying here if you are making the trek to Truth or Consequences.
Truth or Consequences is the best of both worlds: it has charming small town vibes, yet plenty of fun things to do. If you are looking for your next getaway, we highly recommend Truth or Consequences for it’s beautiful downtown, affordability, and proximity to the Albuquerque airport.
What do you think: Does Truth or Consequences look like it’s worth visiting? Let us know in the comments!
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