The Original State Magazine
Music/Taos Barn Dance
Bringin' It All Back Home
Michael Hearne's barn dance music festival is a roundup of friends, family, and Southwestern Americana at its finest.
On With the Show
As Raton's Shuler Theater celebrates its centennial, its beloved impresario Bill Fegan takes time to reminisce--and sell some tickets.
Nine Nights a Week
Red River's remarkably vibrant music scene seldom sleeps in summer.
Flight of the Phoenix
Raton proves that you can't keep a good balloon rally down.
Painting the Town
Murals enliven the remote ranching village of Mosquero, population 94.
A Range of Possibility
Cattle ranching and oil pumping mix it up on the plains of southeastern New Mexico.
Sisterhood Is Plentiful
Sibling towns Portales and Clovis offer rock 'n' roll history, craft beer and cheese, mom-and-pop restaurants, and a boot shop as big as a rodeo.
Going Places/Road Trip
Three great small-town museums in northeast New Mexico.
Dancing on Top of the Cars
The Fireballs drove two cars out of Raton and went to No. 1 on the charts. They're still at it.
The Heart of Ratón
Often seen by travelers as a gateway to New Mexico, Raton's best-kept secrets cannot be glimpsed at 70 mph from Interstate 25. Slow down and stop in at a Downtown where the old-fashioned never went out of style.
Turning Everyone On
Young country traditionalist Will Banister wows 'em from Portales to Piccadilly.
Going Places: Road Trip
The Santa Fe Trail
Heart of the Hi Lo
Explore New Mexico's northeastern corner in this drive through the landscape featured in Max Evans's novel The Hi Lo Country.
Home on the Range
When your family's home and business have barely changed in a century, what happens when you see your livelihood dwindling even as you watch your grandkids growing up? The cowboy may be an icon of the American West, but his life is changing in the digital age. To find out how, writer and photographer Tim Keller heads to far northeastern New Mexico to visit with Darien Brown, a fourth-generation cattle rancher.
Tim narrates an online photo tour at the magazine's website..
Max Evans's New Mexico
Writer and photographer Tim Keller visits the author of 25 books including the novels The Rounders and The Hi Lo Country, then heads to the Hi Lo Country in far northeastern New Mexico -- a place that dominates Evans's rich memories and his novels.
A sleepover at Heart's Desire Inn B&B,
Raton's charming Victorian inn
A Visit to Raton's Historic Shuler Theater
and...Visit Tim's Gallery of Shuler Theater Photographs!
Tim's first appearance in New Mexico Magazine was a photograph of cowboys relaxing on horseback at the end of a long day's work, used for a featurette on Raton in the May 2010 issue.