After seeing the plazas of Old Town Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos (among others) on our drive through New Mexico, the one here in Las Vegas came as something of a surprise. Like the others it is a legacy of Spanish colonisation, but it has retained fewer adobe buildings and has less of the Spanish air to it. Instead it feels a little like a small...more
When the railroad came to Las Vegas it arrived a mile to the east, and a new town grew up there. East and West Las Vegas were actually two separate towns until as recently as 1970. For years the area between them, now filled by Bridge Street and its offshoots, was semi-rural, used by settlers to grow crops. But as East Las Vegas expanded it...more
The thing that brings me back to Las Vegas again and again is its proximity to pristine wilderness.Only a few miles outside of Las Vegas, past the canyon ranches and historic villages that line Gallinas Creek, NM 65 ends and turns into a dirt forest road, heading into the Santa Fe National Forest.Forking to the left, you begin to climb, quickly....more
Seeing "Hot Springs Road" on a map may give you the odd idea that there are hot springs somewhere near Las Vegas. Well, you'd be right. Some of the best-maintained and most accessible public tubs I've ever seen are located on Hot Springs Road (NM 65) along Gallinas Creek very near Armand Hammer UWC.There are several groups of tubs, so you can...more
Stop in to see the best auto car museum in New Mexico! Located on the Historic Route 66 in SANTA ROSA. Be sure and bring your camera to see the most nostalgic, custom, and original street machines you'll ever see in one place. Also, enjoy the fully stocked gift shop and food court. Hours are 8am to 6pm in the fall and winter, and 8am to 8pm in the...more
2029 N HIGHWAY 85, Las Vegas, NM 87701
Good for: Business
When I checked in, the desk clerk proudly told me they were the number 1 hotel on Tripadvisor.com...more
2020 North Grand Avenue, Las Vegas, New Mexico, 87701, United States
Good for: Solo
We had planned to try one of the local Mexican restaurants in downtown Las Vegas that were recommended in our Moon Handbook, but that evening there was heavy rain and we decided to eat in the Plaza Hotel’s Landmark Grill instead. From the name we feared it might be a bit posh and expensive, but it proved to be excellent value and very welcoming. We...more
Most importantly: great coffee!The food is typical of what you might find at a coffee shop: cold sandwiches (mostly vegetarian), pastries and some light breakfast fare.This is a new location, and the place was totally re-done, so it's very nice to hang out in. The staff here is very friendly, and it's very convenient to everything. I did eat a...more
Little Saigon doesn't look like much from the outside. The inside had decent decor; but nothing outstanding. I was a little worried the food would not be so good. I ordered the Chow Fun with Vietnamese Sausage. It was surprisingly good. Don't judge a book by its cover; this is a pretty good place. Cheap too! Chow Fun with Vietnamese Sausage.more
After our tasty meal in the Landmark Grill we decided to check out the bar across the lobby, Byron T’s Saloon. We were quite surprised to find that this is much more of a local bar than we would expect a hotel one to be, and all the better for it. Whereas in our hotel in Grants we had found ourselves to be the only drinkers in the bar (!), here we found a buzzing lively atmosphere that was much more to our liking.
We secured seats at one end of the bar, and ordered our drinks – a very good margarita for me, and a bottle of Dos Equis for Chris. The drinkers around us were clearly locals, and were enjoying ribbing the barmaid, who was giving as good as she got. We got talking to the guy sitting next to us at the bar, who then introduced us to a couple of his drinking companions, including his son who was (unusually for an American) a big rugby fan. We spent a very pleasant hour or so chatting to them, and naturally ordered a second round of drinks. I think the barmaid’s hand slipped while mixing my margarita as it was even stronger than the first, and I have to confess to a bit of a hangover the next morning – but well worth it for such a fun evening! Unfortunately though, the friendly conversation (or possibly the alcohol!) seem to have diverted me from my usual habit of taking photos of absolutely everything for VT, so I have none of the bar at all. But there’s a good, though unnaturally deserted, one on the website below.
The saloon is named after a former owner of the hotel, and former town mayor, who it is claimed still haunts the hotel – or rather, one of its rooms, 301. There is even a photo of him, or so they allege, on the hotel’s website: The Ghost of Byron T. Mills.
Dress Code: This is a very casual place, no need to dress up.
NEW MEXICO State flag & facts. STATE NICKNAME: The land of enchantment, STATE CAPITOL: Santa Fe, STATE SONG: 'O, Fair New Mexico', STATE ADMITTED: 1912, 47th State.
Las Vegas is in the mountains of New Mexico. As such there is the possibility of snow fall. I was there during March 2005 when a total of 34 inches fell in one day. And it snowed for 2-3 days in total.
The interstate was closed to all traffic and there was very little ploying of the roads.
Check the weather in this area if you are passing through and be cautious if they are annoucing bad weather.
Fort Union lies about twenty miles north of Las Vegas, and was closely linked to the development and prosperity of the town. Built to protect travellers on the Santa Fe Trail from Indian raids, it also served as a major supply depot for Union troops during the Civil War. The first fort here was built in 1851 from wood, and a second ten years later...more
Protecting the Santa Fe Trail was Fort Union. It was located on the edge of the Prairies where the mountain route and the plains route rejoined after leaving the Arkansas River near modern Dodge City, Kansas.Here the soldiers could patrol the most dangerous passages along the trail.Glorietta Pass: was the last obstacle before Santa Fe. Although not...more
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Visiting LAS VEGAS and San Miguel County, New Mexico is like stepping back in time. Over the past 4 hundred years, Indians, Hispanic settlers, Anglo immigrants, Desperadoes and dance hall girls have all called this place home. Today, their legends and lore still live on.more