About Las VegasThe faint wagon wheel ruts still visible outside Las Vegas attest to the town's era as a mercantile center on the Santa Fe Trail. Las Vegas also was a military post until Fort Union was built. During the 1880s it was known as one of the roughest towns on the frontier, frequented by such desperadoes as Billy the Kid and Doc Holliday. The arrival of the Santa Fe Railroad in 1879 brought commercial prosperity, and hundreds of historic buildings still stand.
Recreational activities can be enjoyed at Storrie Lake State Park, 4 miles north off SR 518; Morphy Lake State Park, 25 miles north off SR 518; and in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, which rise to the west.
Visitor Centers City of Las Vegas Visitors Center 500 Railroad Ave. Las Vegas, NM 87701. Phone:(505)425-3707 or (800)832-5947
Self-guiding ToursA brochure describing walking and driving tours is available from the visitors center.
Las Vegas, NM
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