If you head north from El Paso on Highway 54 you will pass through the Tularosa Basin of southern New Mexico. Mile after mile you will see some of the ugliest desert area anywhere. Nothing but creosote bushes and red soil. Yeah, yeah, I know, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Well, these eyes ain’t beholding anything beautiful.
You pass through Alamogordo. Sure, stop off and get something to eat. Keep going because the summer sun will rip the skin right off of you. Off in the distance, sort of nestled against mountain slopes, you see houses and tall trees. Surely you must investigate. Signs direct you to La Luz and the village of Tularosa.
La Luz is a tiny town with not many businesses. It has a small park not far from the Catholic Church. A tight fit for anything over 20 feet or so.
Tularosa is named for red reeds which grew along Tularosa River, but I like to think it was named for the multitude of flowers, especially roses, growing in many yards. Now is the time to drop by and see them. They are in their full glory. You will also appreciate the shade from the many trees which line the acequias. In places it’s almost like being in the tropics. There’s a couple of nice parks in the town. One’s near the Lowe’s Grocery on Highway 70 going towards Ruidoso. Room to park, walk the dog.
The Lowe’s Grocery isn’t very big but they have the best pork carnitas and roast chicken thighs. Inside the doors, turn left to see the large warmer.
There’s a couple of RV parks in the area. T’will be hot in June, July, and August. In those months I suggest you keep heading north or to northeast to Ruidoso.