Williamsburg is a small village in Sierra County. The origin of this small town is as unique as its character. Years ago, the name of the neighboring city changed from Hot Springs to Truth or Consequences. To protest the new name, a group of people left town and settled Williamsburg. Today, it serves as a pit stop for those seeking adventure in the nearby Gila National Forest.
If you have a four legged traveling buddy and need a place to stay, make a reservation at the Rio Grande Motel. This is Williamsburg’s only hotel, and fur-tunately it’s pet friendly. After a long day of exploring the nearby territory, you and your pup can settle in for the night in one of their comfortable rooms. There is only a small fee for furry guests, so a stay here won’t break the bank.
in for some shut eye, head over to the park that's just across
the street from the Rio Grande Motel. It features sport courts, picnic areas and room for walking.
Grab some take out and dine al fresco with your canine companion. Then stroll around the park a couple times so your pup can get some evening exercise.
Next time your furry pal wants an afternoon in the park, head over to this Truth or Consequences neighborhood and pay a visit to Ralph Edwards Park. It’s only three miles east of Williamsburg and sits right on the Rio Grande River. Stroll around the paved walking paths or lounge beneath one of the shade trees. This is a pupular park, so your pooch will have the chance to socialize with new friends. On the way home, stop by Carmen’s Kitchen for some delicious Mexican food. Your pup can join you at one of the dog friendly outdoor tables.
The Elephant Butte State Park is only eight miles away in Elephant Butte, and it is a pupperific spot to spend some quality time with your furry BFF. This is New Mexico’s largest State Park, so you’ll have plenty of open space for exercising Fido. Plus, you’ll enjoy stunning desert vistas and expansive blue sky. Choose from one of the park’s hikes. The West Lakeshore Trail runs 10 miles total, but can also be hiked in shorter sections. The 1.5 mile Luchini Trail takes you through sand dunes, while the Paseo del Rio Trail is perfect for spotting some of the local birds. Whatever you choose, your pup is sure to have a fetching good time!
Take advantage of New Mexico’s warm sunshine by spending the day at Caballo Lake State Park. Only 10 miles south of Williamsburg, and to the east of Caballo, this State Park sits at the base of the Caballo Mountains and features the Caballo Reservoir. It’s a popular location for boating, kayaking, swimming and fishing. Four legged guests will appreciate the walking trail on the west side of the lake, as well as the pet friendly camping. You can either rough it in a tent or sleep in style in an RV. Fresh water is available, so make sure your furry pal gets plenty to drink. Sounds pupperific!
If your pooch is a history buff, drive 30 miles southwest of Williamsburg to the small town of Hillsboro and head over to the Central Hillsboro neighborhood for the Hillsboro Walking Tour. As you and your leashed pal make your way around the city, you’ll get a real feel for the Old West way of life. The tour features historic houses and churches, ruins of an old courthouse and jail, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Mission, and other interesting buildings. When you’re finished, stop by the Black Range Museum Public Park and wander around. Your pup can even cool off his paws in Percha Creek.
If your pup needs to get away for a bit, plan a visit to the small community of Kingston. Located in the southeast corner of the Gila National Forest, this small community is 37 miles southwest of Williamsburg. For a primitive experience, spend a couple of nights in the dog friendly Kingston Campground. After hiking during the day, your pooch can gaze at the stars in the desert night sky. If you prefer sleeping in a bed, make a reservation at the Black Range Lodge. Well behaved dogs are welcome at this cozy bed and breakfast. Walk through the Ponderosa pines or hike the nearby Black Range Crest Trail before settling in for the evening.