Tucked away in the shadow of the Caballo Mountains and New Mexico Sierras, the tiny town of Caballo, NM is proving more popular with visitors by the year. Caballo’s name speaks to the town’s romantic frontier past -- Spanish speakers might note that the word means "horse", and the area was named after the wild horses that ran there. Caballo’s main draw is its spectacular scenery, centered around the gorgeous and serene Caballo Reservoir, Sierra County’s second largest lake and a furrific spot for all kinds of outdoor recreation. The town is a little too small to sustain its own veterinary practice, but you’ll find a couple of clinics to take care of your buddy a twenty-minute drive away in the neighboring city of Truth or Consequences.
It should come as no surprise that Caballo doesn’t have its own dog park, but you and your pooch are still sure to sniff out something to do! You’ll find a pawesome state park right on your doorstep, and there are some other fantastically fur friendly hiking options not too far away. And if your furry friend needs to run free, don’t fret -- you’ll find plenty of op-paw-tunites for off-leash adventure in the surrounding area!
Truth or Consequences three-mile Healing Waters Trail really does have something to offer everyone! The trail starts in Veteran’s Memorial Park, and winds in a three-mile loop around the city, taking in the historic bathhouses that were Truth or Consequences' original claim to fame (the city was previously named Hot Springs). Not only that, but some parts of the path offer panoramic views of downtown T and C and the Black Ridge Mountains! Afterward, consider stopping in at Carmen’s Kitchen. This local joint serves up paws down the best huevos rancheros in the area, and they cater to canines outside.
If you and your pooch are looking for a little variety in your off-leash adventures, why not drive down to Las Cruces and check out Las Cruces Dog Park? This pawpular dog run might be a ways away from Caballo, but make no bones about it, once your fur baby gets through those double gates, you’ll be glad you made the trip! Located in the central Las Cruces neighborhood of Loma Heights, the park has enough room for even the most rambunctious of pooches to blow off a little steam. Like the park in Truth or Consequences, this one has a separate small dog area, but that’s not all -- there’s some doggy agility equipment, too, as well as a couple of play pools to cool down in.