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Locum where the Rough Riders rode and "Easy Rider" became a touchstone for a generation

Posted by Saralynn White

On the edge of the eastern plains of New Mexico, at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, sits a little town said to have been the worst of the biggest, baddest Old West Towns. A key stop on the Santa Fe Trail, the town hosted the likes of Billy the Kid and Wyatt Earp; Doc Holliday kept his dental office here; and the Rough Riders first met in the saloon of the Plaza Hotel here (you can still get a shot of tequila at the saloon). This historic area is surrounded by recreation and wilderness experiences, including Hermit Peak's summit. Try the long trail hike with a strenuous series of switchbacks up the cliffs and you're rewarded by great views to the south and east. And if you prefer the movie screen to nature's background, look around - this town is the filming location for numerous movies including No Country for Old Men, Wyatt Earp and the landmark counterculture film Easy Rider. Move over, Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda. What locum tenens represents is freedom...

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