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Sierra County is a land of wide open spaces and beautiful scenery that varies from desert to grasslands to mountainous regions. Elevations range from approximately 4400' in Elephant Butte and Truth or Consequences to more than 6000' in Kingston. Portions of the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Area and the Gila National Forest are within our boundaries, making Sierra County an ideal place to experience nature. Elephant Butte Lake is the largest body of water in the state and a second lake, Caballo, is located south of T or C.  Three State Parks are available for year-round camping, birding, hiking, and more.

Our County Seat, Truth or Consequences, is located 148 miles due south of Albuquerque, NM, and 119 miles north of El Paso, TX.  Truth or Consequences was called Hot Springs until 1950. Ten hot spring spas are open for business downtown.

In addition to the municipalities of  Truth or Consequences, Elephant Butte, and Williamsburg, several historic and picturesque small towns are located around the county, many of which are accessed via the highways that make up the Geronimo Trail National Scenic Byway.  Museums and small businesses are scattered around the county — see complete lists of businesses  and museums on the County Tourism site.

Two Chambers serve area businesses: Truth or Consequences / Sierra County Chamber of Commerce, and the Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce. An active Mainstreet program hosts events and works to beautify “T or C,” as it's called by locals.

A list of area realtors is available on the Sierra County Board of Realtors website.

Municipalities

MUNICIPALITIES

Elephant Butte City Government
103 Water
Elephant Butte NM  87935
575-744-4892

Truth or Consequences City Government
505 Sims
Truth or Consequences NM  87901
575-894-6673

Village of Williamsburg Government
309 Veater Rd. PO Box 150
Williamsburg NM  87942
575-894-6385

Utilities

UTILITIES

Phone / Internet:
Windstream Communications
TDS
FastWave

Cable TV:
DirectTV
Dish Network
TDS

Water, Sewer, Trash:
City of Truth or Consequences Utility Department
505 Sims
Truth or Consequences NM  87901
575-894-6939

Electric:
Sierra Electric Cooperative, Inc.
610 Hwy 195
Elephant Butte NM 87935
575-744-5231

Natural Gas:
New Mexico Gas Company
P.O. Box 97500
Albuquerque NM 87199
888-664-2726

Propane:
Cortez Gas
415 E Third Ave.
Truth or Consequences NM  87901
575-894-2433

Medical

MEDICAL, DENTAL, ANIMAL HOSPITAL

Sierra Vista Hospital
800 E. 9th Avenue
Truth or Consequences NM  87901
575-894-2111

Sierra County Rural Health Clinic
800 E. 9th Avenue
Truth or Consequences NM  87901
575-894-3221

Ben Archer Health Center
1960 N. Date Street
Truth or Consequences NM  87901
575-894-7662

Dr. Basel Aswad
612 N. Date Street
Truth or Consequences NM  87901
575-894-0025

Dental:
Ben Archer Health Center
1960 N. Date Street
Truth or Consequences NM  87901

MH Felts, General Dentistry
800 N. Cedar
Truth or Consequences NM  87901
575-894-7711

Veterinarian:
Sierra Veterinary Services LLC
1607 N. Date Street
Truth or Consequences NM  87901
575-894-6773

Public Safety

PUBLIC SAFETY

T or C Police Department
507 McAdoo St.
Truth or Consequences NM  87901
575-894-1185

T or C Fire Department
310 E. Ninth Ave.
Truth or Consequences NM  87901
575-894-2132

Sierra County Sheriff's Office
2501 S. Broadway
Truth or Consequences NM  87901
575-894-9150

Schools

SCHOOLS

T or C Elementary School
1500 N. Silver
Truth or Consequences NM  87901
575-894-8360

T or C Middle School
1802 Pershing St.
Truth or Consequences NM  87901
575-894-8380

Hot Springs High School
1801 Pershing St.
Truth or Consequences NM  87901
575-894-8350

WNMU Western University
(also known as Gardner Learning Center)
601 Sunset
Williamsburg NM 87942
575-894-9050

Manzano Christian School
K-12
1300 S. Broadway
Truth or Consequences NM  87901
575-894-5646

Day Care

DAY CARE FACILITIES

Appletree Education Center
Pre-K to 5 years old
1300 S. Broadway
Truth or Consequences NM  87901
575-894-5646

Head Start
1407 E. Sixth
Truth or Consequences NM  87901
(575) 894-1056

Financial

FINANCIAL

Bank of the Southwest
509 Broadway
Truth or Consequences NM  87901
575-894-7171

Bank of the Southwest
501 Highway 195
Elephant Butte NM 87935
575-744-5593

BBVA Compass Bank
210 Main Ave
Truth or Consequences NM  87901
575-894-3075

Citizen’s Bank of Las Cruces
1920 N. Date
Truth or Consequences NM  87901
575-894-0820

First Savings Bank
915 N. Date
Truth or Consequences NM  87901
575-894-7148

White Sands Federal Credit Union
1914 N. Date
Truth or Consequences NM  87901
575-894-1411

Groceries

GROCERIES

Baquera‘s Grocery
13716 N. Highway 187 87930
Arrey NM
575-267-9276

Bullock’s
630 N. Broadway
Truth or Consequences NM  87901
575-894-6622

Walmart Supercenter
2001 H.R. Ashbaugh Drive
Truth or Consequences NM  87901
575-894-0343

Winston General Store
Highway 52 at Broadway
Winston NM 87943
575-743-6915

Sierra County Farmer’s Market (8:30–11:30am Saturdays,  Memorial Day weekend through Halloween)
Ralph Edwards Park
Truth or Consequences NM  87901
575-894-9375

A complete list of Sierra County’s retail businesses is available on the Sierra County Recreation and Tourism website.

Religion

RELIGION

Central Christian Church
808 Fir St.
Truth or Consequences NM 87901
575-894-2890

Church at the Butte
516 NM-195
Elephant Butte NM 87935
575-744-4487

Church of Christ
1500 E Third Ave.
Truth or Consequences NM 87901
575-894-3410

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
200 W 6th Ave.
Truth or Consequences NM 87901
575-894-7917

Church of the Nazarene
220 W 5th Ave.
Truth or Consequences NM 87901
575-894-3755

Desert Springs Lutheran Church
1685 Caballo Rd.
Truth or Consequences, NM 87901
575-740-4214

Episcopal Church of St. Paul
407 N Cedar St.
Truth or Consequences NM 87901
575-894-9596

Fellowship Alliance Church
1601 E 6th Ave.
Truth or Consequences NM 87901
575-894-0507

First Baptist Church
220 N Broadway
Truth or Consequences NM 87901
575-894-3005

First Christian Church
203 E Third Ave.
Truth or Consequences NM 87901
575-894-2869

First United Methodist Church
426 Austin St.
Truth or Consequences NM 87901
575-894-2553

Full Gospel Tabernacle Church
800 E 3rd Ave.
Truth or Consequences NM 87901
575-894-3771

Karma Jur Med Ling Dharma Center
813 N. Pershing Street
Truth or Consequences NM  87901

Kingdom Hall
175 W 9th Ave.
Truth or Consequences NM 87901
575-894-6113

New Testament Baptist Church
201 NM-181
Truth or Consequences NM 87901
575-894-2284

Our Lady of Perpetual Help
515 N Date St.
Truth or Consequences NM 87901
575-894-7804

Seventh Day Adventist Church
205 N Ash St.
Truth or Consequences NM 87901
575-894-9828

Sierra Church of Christ
901 Hillcrest Circle
Truth or Consequences, NM 87901
575-640-3063

Truth Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church
1911 S Broadway
Truth or Consequences, New Mexico 8790
575-740-1954

Recreation & Events

RECREATION AND EVENTS

Sierra County Tourism

Comprehensive lists of local lodging, restaurants, activities, events, attractions, rv parks, and more.

Annual Events

Annual Quilt Show, Fiesta, July 4 Fireworks, Chile Challenge 4WD Trail Ride Event, Luminaria Beachwalk, Christmas in the Foothills, and more.

All Events

See what's happening this month, next month and beyond. If you're planning an event that's open to everyone and set in Sierra County, enter it for free promotion.

US Forest Service

Information, alerts, maps, tips, and more related to the Gila National Forest and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Area. Sierra County contains sections of both.

Bureau of Land Management

A great resource for anyone who plans to visit and enjoy the great outdoors. Visitor tips, maps, and more.

New Mexico State Parks Division

Three beautiful State Parks - Elephant Butte, Caballo and Percha Dam - are located in Sierra County.

Spaceport America

The world's first purpose-built spaceport, 34 miles south east of Truth or Consequences.

Geronimo Springs Museum

The history of Sierra County told in artifacts, murals, and displays.

Pioneer Store Museum

An amazing collection of objects, many of which were found sitting on the shelves when this former mercantile was first purchased by its current owners.

Veterans Memorial Park

Featuring a permanent Vietnam War Memorial Wall Replica, the Dianne Hamilton Military Museum, and a Park / Walkway with monuments representing each conflict in which the US has been involved since 1775.

Living Ghost Towns

Featuring Sierra county's historic towns: Chloride, Kingston, Hillsboro, Cuchillo, Monticello, Engle, and Lake Valley.

New Mexico Tourism

Tourism site for the Land of Enchantment.

Statistics

STATISTICS

Founded: 1884
Population: 11,988 (2016 Census)
Square Miles: 4236
Ethnic Distribution: 66% White, 30.2% Hispanic, and 1.84% Other. (datausa.io)

Climate: (source: usclimatedata.org)

Month High (°F) Low (°F) Precipitation (inches)
January 57 27 0.47
February 62 32 0.35
March 69 37 0.31
April 78 44 0.24
May 87 54 0.35
June 95 62 0.83
July 95 67 2.05
August 92 65 2.09
September 87 58 1.61
October 77 47 1.14
November 65 35 0.59
December 56 27 0.87

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