Las Vegas HotelsWhile it may not be the neon-drenched Las Vegas that everyone across the world knows, New Mexico’s answer to Sin City is a fascinating reminder of the days of the Wild West, where saloon doors swing, but – fortunately – guns no longer sling. The small town crams in almost 1,000 buildings that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places into its boundaries, and is a living breathing museum. The beautiful scenery that surrounds it is also ripe for exploring, being a place where rusty red ruins lie, and tongues of large, dragon-like lizards flit in the dry air. Just outside Las Vegas, you’ll find the crumbling remains of the Pecos Pueblo, lying undisturbed among the ponderosa pine trees of Pecos National Historic Park. Soak up the atmosphere, and admire the carcasses of the Native American houses and Spanish churches that once dominated this landscape, as you walk the special mile and a half long trail. Bring your binoculars along and head out to Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, where you’ll spot hawks, eagles, and cranes swooping through the air. Helpful park rangers are always on hand to identify any of the birds you don’t recognize. To the west of Las Vegas is the beginning of the southern tip of the Rocky Mountains, but beware - you’ll struggle to carry the haul of trout you land when fishing in the secluded transparent creeks of Cimarron Canyon State Park. Out of energy after a day exploring? Drive down to Santa Rosa, where you can relax in naturally warm spring water, or enjoy gentle scuba diving in the crystal-clear Blue Hole.Hotels in Las VegasWhile this Las Vegas may not be able to offer the giant casino-complexes of its opulent Nevada namesake, it can certainly hold its own with grand accommodation containing curtained 4-post beds and wide, open lobbies with comfortable seating. Dine in crystal chandelier-clad rooms, and work out in modern gyms - with attached swimming pools to help you cool off - at Las Vegas New Mexico hotels. The range of accommodation includes a number of low-priced options, and even the cheapest provide tea and coffee making facilities and flatscreen TVs. Friendly bar staff will also be waiting to take your evening order before you retire for the night.Where to stayThe majority of hotels in Las Vegas New Mexico are located on Grand Avenue, and the area is ideal for newcomers, giving easy access to the train and bus services, as well as the town’s restaurants and convenience stores. Enjoy a thick grilled burger, dripping with egg and crispy bacon, or spicy tacos dipped in tangy homemade salsa, at one of the town’s welcoming restaurants. You’ll also have chance to visit the City of Las Vegas Museum, which tells the legend of this belligerent town’s bandit-ridden past, and will put you in the shoes of the travelers who braved the rocky Santa Fe Trail.How to get to Las VegasWhen visiting this region, most people fly into Albuquerque’s large airport, before renting a car and making the journey across to Las Vegas - which takes around 1 hour 45 minutes. Amtrak’s scenic SouthWest Chief train also makes getting to Las Vegas simple. Services rumble across the arid landscape, connecting Las Vegas with Chicago, Albuquerque, and even its bigger brother in Nevada.
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