Los Alamos attracts outdoor enthusiasts with its impressive selection of over 150 trails and stunning 360-degree views. Photograph courtesy of Visit Los Alamos.


Los Alamos, New Mexico recently in the limelight for the movie Oppenheimer is also the gateway to three national parks—Bandelier National Monument, Valles Caldera National Preserve and Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Los Alamos is also home to more than 150 trails with easy access right from town. Most people are unaware that Los Alamos is on the side of a volcano surrounded by five finger mesas. There are 360-degree views. It’s the perfect place to retire. If you love the outdoors and history, Los Alamos is your next home. It is affordable, with small-town charm and world-class amenities.

Turtleback Mountain Resort is a prestigious destination for golfers, home buyers, and tourists, offering a range of amenities and a scenic setting. Photograph courtesy of PreReal Investments.


A stunning community in Sierra County, New Mexico, Turtleback Mountain Resort has extensively remodeled the clubhouse and renovated the 18-hole golf course, Sierra del Rio, over the past year. But these are just the first steps in a dramatic transformation of the property and its services. Purchased by PreReal Investments early in 2023, the resort will soon be home to world-class amenities, making the community one of the state’s most prestigious and highly sought-after destinations for golfers, home buyers, and tourists. Learn more and follow the progress at turtlebackmountainresort.com.

Experience tranquility in Ruidoso. Photograph courtesy of Discover Ruidoso.


Retire in Ruidoso, a charming mountain village in southern New Mexico, for a year-round vacation lifestyle. Whether you seek tranquility or adventure, solitude or community, elevate your retirement amid the natural beauty of the American West. Enjoy a mild four-season climate, from cool summers in the pines to sunny, snowy winters. At 6,920 feet, nestled against the 1.1 million-acre Lincoln National Forest, Ruidoso offers creativity, history, and a welcoming community. Stunning vistas are all around, with the 12,000-foot Sierra Blanca Peak looming large over the village and a cute downtown filled with local art, breweries, music venues, and unique shops. 

Silver City offers plenty of outdoor activities. Photograph courtesy of Silver City.


Silver City is a small mountain-town mecca for retirees. Located in southwestern New Mexico and adjacent to the Gila Wilderness, it is a playground for all seasons. There are dozens of galleries and unique shops in our historic downtown district. Additional history exploration awaits at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, Fort Bayard, Silver City Museum, and Downtown Historic District. Love the outdoors? There is no shortage of hiking, biking, fishing, camping, star gazing, and hunting. There are miles of uncrowded experiences to be had and always something happening every week. Learn more at VisitSilverCity.org.

Discover the undiscovered in New Mexico. Photograph courtesy of Retire New Mexico.


It’s time to discover the undiscovered. Get outside, enjoy the sunshine, and find yourself in one of the nation’s most historic and diverse areas: New Mexico. Here you’ll find one of the nation’s lowest cost-of-living rates, a mild climate with more than 300 days of sunshine a year, and cultural traditions and arts for every taste. Explorers, cowboys, artists, and visionaries have settled in New Mexico’s forests, canyons, and rolling hills for generations. Follow in their footsteps. Visit RetireNewMexico.org or write to Retire New Mexico, 14 Mimosa Road Santa Fe, NM 87508 for a free information packet and information. Never settle. It’s better out here.

Try a seminar at St. John's College. Photograph courtesy of St. John's College.


Retirement is the perfect time to read (and reread) the great books! Summer Classics at St. John’s College is a 30-year-old seasonal program conceived in the spirit of lifelong learning. Seminars are lively, in-depth, and highly participatory conversations on enduring works that span fiction and nonfiction, math and science, and poetry and philosophy, as well as visual, cinematic, and performing arts. Attendees describe their experience as “transformational,” “restorative,” and “easily the most stimulating vacation I have taken.” Email to request seminar information. Retiring to Santa Fe? Come visit and schedule a campus tour.