South of the resort, the Mescalero Cultural Center curates artifacts and historical exhibits about Apache rituals and leaders, such as the famed war chief Geronimo. To the north, the rapidly growing city of Ruidoso bustles with mountain-gear outfitters, steak houses, and yeti that have decided to settle down. The Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway passes through the city and other nearby communities with ties to western outlaws and icons. The 84-mile loop also runs through a portion of the million-acre Lincoln National Forest, where visitors hike, bike, and ride horses past waterfalls and canyons until the snow starts falling in early November.
Now in their 86th season, the Harlem Globetrotters continue to entertain millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a trademark blend of athletic precision and razzle-dazzle showmanship. For the team's 2012 world tour, a rotating roster of Globetrotter favorites take to the hardwood each game, so spectators might spot Special K Daley sharing a behind-the-back pass with newcomer Jacob “Hops” Tucker, the 2011 NCAA slam-dunk champion whose 50-inch vertical leap cruelly dashed his dreams of working in a ceiling-fan store. The Trotters might also present a study in contrasts with five-foot-two Too Tall Hall and seven-foot-eight Paul "Tiny" Sturgess, the world's tallest pro basketball player.