The other Las Vegas

Think Santa Fe is too much like a theme park? Find the real New Mexican deal in this time-warp town.

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Las Vegas NM

Over 900 Las Vegas buildings, including this painted victorian lady, are on state historic registers

Jen Judge

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  • Las Vegas NM

    Las Vegas, NM


Why go now: Old rail town? Outlaw history? Are you kidding? It's haunting season.

Population: About 17,000

Dress code: Jeans and a western top, but forget the spangles ― this is the other Las Vegas.

Infamous (captured) visitor: Billy the Kid

Local lingo: Acequias are centuries-old irrigation canals that still flow through town.

The hub: The gazebo in the historic Plaza, especially lively during monthly Second Saturdays art walks (Oct 11; free; 505/425-2606), when galleries, shops, and restaurants stay open late and musicians play in the park.

Notorious landmark: The old Victory Bar began as the Imperial Bar, owned by fearsome Vicente Silva, whose gang of bandits terrorized the area in the late 1880s.

Structures on state/historic registers: More than 900

Getting there:  Las Vegas, New Mexico,is 65 miles east of Santa Fe. From I-25, take exit 345. More info: 800/832-5947.


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