9:00 - 40.7 miles / an hour 21 minutes - 10:21
This community was established during the early 1880s under the name of Fairview. It was settled by the more sedate families who did not care for the rambunctious town of Chloride nearby. It is now a ranching community with a general store, post office, café, and bar. There are many historic old buildings to be seen in the town. Information is available at the General Store.
11:21 - 22.0 miles / 43 minutes - 12:05
Geronimo Trail Visitors and Interpretive Center and Geronimo Springs Museum
This history museum provides displays on multiple facets of the local area.
The Fossil Room highlights the mammoth and mastodon skulls that were found in Sierra County.
The Military Room features displays about early forts, and has memorials to local residents who were military heroes.
The Apache Room features a life-size statue of Geronimo and has displays explaining the history and culture of the Apaches who once lived in the area.
The Hispanic Heritage Room and Ranch Room contain exhibits on these early settlers and their cultures.
The Pottery Room features a world class collection of Mimbres Pottery, the unique Black-on-White designs of the early Mimbres people.
The Log Cabin is an authentic miner's cabin which was moved to the site.
The Ralph Edwards Room tells the story of the name change from Hot Springs to Truth or Consequences.
Other rooms contain displays of the early settlement of Sierra County and Hot Springs and the heritage of the different cultures of the area.
12:05 - 17.5 miles / 34 minutes - 12:40
Truth or Consequences
One of the best kept secrets in Southwestern New Mexico, Truth or Consequences embodies Southwestern charm and hospitality in a beautiful desert setting. Nestled along the banks of the Rio Grande, it offers exciting recreational opportunities and the laid-back attitude of the West at the same time.
12:40 - 0.0 miles / - 12:40
Historic Bath House District
The downtown Historic Bath House District in Truth or Consequences has several operating bath houses originating in the 1930s and 1940s. They have been modernized and upgraded, but retain their rustic flavor and appeal. The hot mineral waters were used by the Apache warriors to heal their battle wounds. The clear, odorless water has 38 trace minerals that provide soothing relaxation to users. Expansive additional spa services are available at many locations.
13:10 - 0 miles / 0 - 13:10
Emory Pass Vista
This magnificent viewpoint at above 8,000 feet overlooks mountains and valleys. The towns of Kingston and Hillsboro are seen below, and Caballo Lake and Mountains, over 50 miles to the east, are visible. On a clear day, to the Northeast, Elephant Butte Dam may be located as a white spot, approximately 65 miles away.
13:25 - 0 miles / 0 - 13:25
This old mining town once had a population of over 7,000 people and was one of the largest mining camps in New Mexico. It is now a quiet community of less than 50 residents, with several old buildings remaining. The historic Black Range Lodge is now a bed & breakfast and retreat location. Seminars are frequently held in Kingston on straw-bale construction techniques. Hiking and mountain biking are popular in the area, and the scenery is very appealing to photographers and artists.
14:10 - 31.6 miles / an hour 3 minutes - 15:13
Elephant Butte Dam
Elephant Butte Dam, constructed between 1911 and 1916, was an engineering marvel at the time. The hydroelectric plant was added during the 1930s. Elephant Butte Lake, impounded by the dam, is the largest lake in New Mexico with a capacity in excess of two million acre feet, and provides water for irrigation along the Rio Grande through southern New Mexico and into Texas.
15:33 - 35.9 miles / an hour 11 minutes - 16:45
Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway - end