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Truth or Consequences isn't just a city; it's also a game show and was the inspiration for the town's current name. Although today the town is usually referred to as "T or C," it used to be called Hot Springs thanks to the local hot springs and natural areas surrounding them. Pups aren't allowed in the hot springs, so T or C has made plenty of spaces for pups to roam in the natural areas of the city.
Residents typically head to the Carole Wheeler Dog Park for a day out with their pup. The area is completely fenced-in with a dirt and grass terrain, and offers views of the surrounding mountains and river. Any dog can come thanks to the separate areas for large, small, and socially challenged dogs. Additional amenities for Fido include water fountains, clean-up stations, and free toys.
The Rio Grande River cuts right through the city, and right along the shore is the Ralph Edwards Park, a 20-acre area with grassy fields and large, shady trees. Dogs are welcome in the park while on a leash, with access to clean-up stations, water fountains, a gazebo, and picnic area.
Truth or Consequences even has two dedicated animal hospitals and shows even more love for pups each year with the expansion of new dog-friendly places.
The Downtown neighborhood is right along the Rio Grande, with gorgeous views of the river and surrounding mountains. On the shore is a small park known as Rotary Park which offers lush grass and fields. The park has a boat launch and access to the river for swimming and fishing, but is otherwise made up completely of an open field. Fido will have plenty of free range to run around and play, but you'll have to remember to bring water and clean-up bags. Also in the downtown area is the Veterans Memorial Park, a small park with a war memorial that features paved paths, open space, trash bins, and benches open to humans and leashed pups.
Williamsburg is a small town just south of Truth or Consequences, and is pretty popular among dog walkers. The area hosts a town park known as Williamsburg Park, a small green space that takes up about 10 acres of land. The park is boarded by trees that provide plenty of privacy to walk or play with your pup in the open field. A sidewalk surrounds the park and is lined with benches and trash bins. The neighborhood is a pretty fun place, so if you're planning on staying, head to the Grand Rio Motel, a small hotel with dog-friendly rooms that allow up to two pets for a fee.
Elephant Butte is a popular town that lies 4.8 miles north of Truth or Consequences. This outdoor area provides plenty of dog-friendly adventures like the Elephant Butte Lake State Park, a large park that surrounds the Elephant Butte Reservoir. The mountainous park has something for everyone, including a boat launch and fishing hole along the lake, sandy beaches for humans and pups, and trails for hiking. The park welcomes leashed pups, and is also home to the Elephant Butte Dam, a large tourist spot along the Rio Grande River.
Caballo is a small town 18 miles south of Truth or Consequences that features the large Caballo Lake State Park. The park surrounds Cabello Lake, and offers gorgeous views of the mountains and desert plains. This area is home to 170 campsites, 5 miles of dirt and concrete trails, a boat launch, and even a dog-friendly beach. Dogs must remain on a leash while inside the state park, but can play in the developed recreational area or take a long hike throughout the park, with access to benches, water fountains, clean-up bags, and trash bins.
Kopra is the largest neighborhood in T or C, taking up the whole southern part of the city. Surrounded by dried up deserts are the vibrant fields of the Louis Armijo Sports Complex. The complex has baseball and soccer fields, along with open space and paved paths that encircle the park. Dogs are welcome in the park while they remain on a leash, and can enjoy additional amenities like water fountains, trash bins, and benches. Not far from the complex is a small restaurant named Carmen's Kitchen, which sells homemade dinner courses. The restaurant has dog-friendly parking and complimentary water bowls for Fido.
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