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Las Vegas, New Mexico is a diamond in the rough! Always booming and thriving, Las Vegas has so much to offer the community and its visitors. Check out some of the local area attractions and events going on this month.


MONTEZUMA CASTLE (UWC)


LAS VEGAS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE


LIGHT SANCTUARY

AREA ATTRACTIONS

MONTEZUMA HOT SPRINGS
A collection of hot springs bubbling out of the side of a hill, feeding a variety of rock and cement tubs. Though the springs were originally used by the historic Montezuma Castle Resort, they are now accessible to the public. Three groupings of hot springs has been diverted into rather rustic cement and rock pools and tubs along the side of the road in the small community of Montezuma. Originally the numerous indoor hot-spring pools were operated by Montezuma Castle and several other resorts. Though most of the bathhouses are gone now, and the hot springs are out in the open – they have been kept rather clean, and bathers tend to be orderly because the owners, the United World College, maintain stringent regulations for using the tubs. Pools and tubs range in size and temperature, and with a little experimenting, you can find the perfect soak.

Directions: From Las Vegas, NM go approx. 6 miles northwest on NM 65. Watch for signs on the right side of the road near the Armand Hammer United World College of the American West.
visitlasvegasnm.com/montezuma-hot-springs

MONTEZUMA CASTLE (UWC)
UWC-USA is one of 15 United World College (UWC) campuses located on five continents. A two-year residential school, UWC-USA serves students age 16-19 who typically represent more than 70 different countries. They participate in a unique program that combines academic challenge with an experiential, hands-on approach to learning
uwc-usa.org

SOUTHWEST DETOURS
Providing tours of historic Las Vegas, NM, including Harvey Girl Tours of the Castaneda Hotel, Montezuma Castle and Plaza Hotel. Indian Detour Courier: Kathy Hendrickson
southwestdetours.com

LAS VEGAS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Spanish for ‘the meadows,’ Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge’s history dates as far back as 8,000 BC when old world Indians inhabited the high plains area. Pueblo Indians also spent time living in this region, until the 1100s when drought and Apaches forced them out. In the mid-1500s, Spanish conquistadors and missionaries explored and settled the region, and the influence of Spanish culture is still felt today. Westward expansion continued in the late 1800s, and by the turn of the century, the Santa Fe Trail and the railroad made Las Vegas, New Mexico, the place to be.

In 1965, the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge was established by the authority of the Migratory Bird Conservation Action for the benefit of migratory birds. The 8,672-acre refuge represents one of the few sizeable wetland areas remaining in New Mexico. It is open to the public for wildlife-dependent recreation, including wildlife watching, hiking, hunting, educational and interpretive programs and special events. It is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, a national network of lands and waters set aside and managed for the benefit of wildlife, habitat and you.
fws.gov/refuge/las_vegas

LIGHT SANCTUARY
The Dwan Light Sanctuary was designed by Virginia Dwan, Charles Ross, and Laban Wingert in 1996. The circular building features 12 large prisms in the apses and ceiling, which spread rainbows across the floor and walls of the interior.

The Light Sanctuary has served the UWC-USA campus and the public as a quiet place for reflection. Hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
uwc-usa.org

HIGHLANDS UNIVERSITY
New Mexico Highlands University is your college. At New Mexico Highlands University students discover amazing new paths to success. Go Cowboys!
nmhu.edu

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