Truth or Consequences New Mexico

downtown Truth or Consequences New Mexico


Once known as Hot Springs, Truth or Consequences New Mexico is a small resort town with a year-round population of slightly more than 6,000.

A walk around downtown Truth or Consequences can be like stepping into a living time capsule; one can stroll among businesses on WPA-era sidewalks, take a soak in T or C’s ancient hot springs, or dine at a steak house straight out of the 1980s (the town offers a range of interesting dining options).

You’ll find all sorts of lodging here, from larger, name-brand motels “uptown” (near I-25 exit 79 and Walmart) to charmingly-restored commercial Spa/Hotels in the Historic Hot Springs and Downtown District, to the many motor courts along Date Street.

Truth or Consequences New Mexico - coolest small town, 2008

Situated off I-25 between Albuquerque and Las Cruces, this little town got its big name in 1950 as part of a publicity scheme to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Ralph Edwards’ hugely successful game show on NBC radio. (more info on the name change) Once Hot Springs became Truth or Consequences, Edwards traveled to town annually, celebrity friends in tow, for nearly 50 years to celebrate “Truth or Consequences Fiesta.” Edwards has been gone for some time now, but Fiesta continues to this day.

Las Palomas Fountain next to the Geronimo Springs Museum in downtown Truth or Consequences NM

Activities include the Miss Fiesta pageant, a parade, rodeos and calf roping, a golf tournament, and – in Ralph Edwards Park – music, performance, and contests including a junk boat race and rubber duck race on the Rio Grande. (Complete info is on the Fiesta website.)Truth or Consequences Main Street

Las Palomas Plaza (pictured at left), completed by the artist Shel Neymark circa 2003, is an inviting feature of downtown T or C. Located next door to the artifact-studded Geronimo Springs Museum and across the street from the historic downtown Post Office, the fountain provides a place for visitors to sit and relax while soaking their feet in the town’s famous hot mineral waters. Currently, the water cycles at 15 minutes on / 15 minutes off – these waters are worth waiting for if you can spare the time.

Truth or Consequences Art Hop MainStreet Truth or Consequences, a community-based group dedicated to the revitalization and beautification of the downtown, partners with the Sierra County Tourism Board in the promotion of downtown Truth or Consequences, its Historic Hot Springs District and water sports on the Rio Grande.

MainStreet is also the group behind the monthly Second Saturday Art Hop, a night when many downtown businesses open their doors from 6-9pm.

Downtown Visitor Centers

Geronimo Trail National Scenic Byway
entrance to the Spaceport America Visitor Center

The Geronimo Trail National Scenic Byway Visitor Center is also open daily, just inside the entrance of the Lee Belle Johnson. Brochures, maps and other information on local and area attractions and amenities are available there 5 days per week.

Pershing Street, downtown Truth or Consequences - Latitude 33, Pelican Spa, Studio de la Luz

Truth or Consequences Hot Springs District

map of downtown truth or consequences hot springs

There are TEN commercial bathhouses offering hot springs in the cool town’s easily walkable historic hot springs & commercial district.

The bathhouses were the town’s biggest draw in the Hot Springs era, back when T or C was advertised as the City of Health.

Today, the springs are experiencing a resurgence in popularity. Most of T or C’s spas have been charmingly restored and are open to walk-ins who can pay to soak by the hour. Several also offer lodging.

Truth or Consequences New Mexico Municipal websiteInformation for the municipality can be found on the City of Truth or Consequences website,

Sierra County Recreation and Tourism
301 S. Foch, Truth or Consequences NM

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