I was never a soaker, spending time to sit in a bath just seemed a waste of time.
Then one day I was just so incredibly achy, I gave it a go. I go at least once a month now, sometimes more!
This is a must especially for those who just want to take a break and relax or soothe away their aches and pains. The water is artesian which means it is safe to drink as it comes straight from the ground.
The public pools are not fenced in and clothing is required. There are private pools so clothing is optional in this section and the clothing optional section.
Next year they hope to have a nudist camping section as well.
-Pancho Villa state park and the museum located down in Columbus, South on Highway 11.
-Faywood Hot Springs, City of Rocks, or the La Esperanza Vineyard and Winery, while traveling North on Highway 11
-Gila Cliff Dwellings, the Catwalk, and Gila National Forest, further North toward Silvery City from Highway 11.
-Going further north from the Catwalk, up by Datil is the VLA (very large array- of radio telescopes- seen in the movies, like CONTACT with jodie foster - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118884/ ).
-White Sands National Monument and Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, to the north east of Las Cruces are interesting and beautiful as well.
-Leasburg Dam is a tiny park, nice sunsets, the taste of the water was unusual.
All of the parks are very clean and well kept.
There are miscellaneous things as well they may require a further, off-road drive such as
-old Butterfield Trail and Camp Cody locations.
-The visitors center on the main street may be a great help in locating these off-the-beaten-path locations, including BLM land you may wish to hike on for taking pictures.
-rockhounders may enjoy driving over to the old turquoise area near the Hachitas, or looking for fluorite in the old mine areas toward Pony Hills and Cooke's Peak.
New Mexico is one of the oldest places to produce wine in the United states! Pictures to come later. Many states charge you for tasting and visiting, New Mexico doesn't.
Let me also start off to say- I am not a drinker, never cared for wine, but tasting is so fun. I always pick at least one bottle at wherever we decide to spend a half hour or so testing which one to bring home.
La Esperanza is a vineyard whose owners took us on a tour of the grapes and had us try these delicious fruit they use in their wines, they only use grapes, no other flavourings. Get a hold of one of their Zinfandels...you won't regret it.
St.Clair and Luna Rossa have restaurants in Las Cruces where you can taste and eat, their wineries are in Deming where I usually taste them.
St. Clair in Deming also sells mimosa bottles in 3 flavours: mango, pomegranate, and pineapple- one bottle is good for splitting between 4 people.
The wine festivals are so fun for tasting, especially the larger harvest ones- usually about 15 or so wineries, free wine glass, and usually some of the proceeds go toward something beneficial.
There are so many different kinds to try and decide what kind you prefer, even these lovely odd ones with chile in them!
And YES if you want company- let me know (if in Deming)-my cabinet always needs one more bottle, lol.
The first room to the left of the desk is the Old Timer's Room. It has lots and lots of photos from the earlier days of Deming. After that is the Dolls Room which also has other toys like train sets and puppets. One item I found particularly interesting was a doll a guy found in the rubble at Hiroshima after the Atom Bomb went off.
The Deming luna Mimbres Museum has been rated as one of the best museums in the Southwest and I must agree. It has a number of interesting displays that are well presented. The museum is open from 9 AM to 4 PM Monday through Saturday and 1:30 PM to 4 PM on Sunday. It is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and Easter. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.
The Mimbres are considered an offshoot of the Mogollon Tribe. They inhabited the Southwestern New Mexico area over 100 years ago. The museum has one of the best collections of Mimbres Pottery in existence. They also have other items regarding Native American culture on display in the room including a number of Kachina.
When you visit, don't forget to see the displays on the 2nd Floor. They celebrate different items of importance to the history and the present of Deming like the Hispanic Influence, schools, medical support and the winery.
The museum has a number of well-presentyed displays about the cowboy and his importance to the history of Deming. the displays included some plates depicting scenes from some of John Wayne's most famous movies (located in the Men's Room??).
In the early 1800s there was a war raging between Mexico and the United States. The war ended in 1848 but not the dispute over a strip of land called the Mesilla Strip. During this time a small one room ranchero was built on the site of the Old Custom House. It was sold to R.S. Field in 1885, and in 1888 he sold the property to his father Seaman Field. When Field was named the Collector of Customs, his home became the custom office until the U.S. Customs Service moved to its present location South of Columbus, N.M. The Old Custom House is on the National Register of Historic Places. Hours are 12:30 PM to 4 PM Monday through Saturday and 1:30 PM to 4 PM on Sunday. Admission is free but donations area appreciated.
Deming is the county seat for Luna County. The Luna County Court House was built in 1910 and was designed by W. B. Corwin. There is a nice city park across the street and the Luna Mimbres Museum and the historic Custom House are just a few blocks away. The grounds around the court house are nice and there is a gazebo where they host concerts and other events.
As a veteran serving over 30 years in one capacity or another, I pay close attention to Veteran's Memorials, Veteran's Parks, etc. Deming has a Veteran's Park with Monuments for the dead of different wars, right next to the very impressive Luna Mimbres Museum.
Deming is in the middle of spectacular desert land with a lot of BLM and state lands that you are free to hike on and easy access to drive into most of them. So grab your dog and some BLM maps ( and don't forget your camera) . This photo is about 10 miles North of Deming on some state land. My dogs had a blast.
Also in the Cowboy Exhibit area is a room dedicated to the area Native Americans that are more contemporary than the Mimbres.
The military was also very inportant to the development of the Deming area. There is a room in the museum dedicated to the military.
In the same area as the Cowboy Exhibits, the Geode Room and the Liquor Bottle was a nice display of period shops along Main Street.