Racetrack & Casino
Address: 1200 Futurity Dr, Sunland Park, NM 88063
Opened in 1959 as a Thoroughbred racing track, Sunland Park Racetrack was the only legalized gambling venue in the region for many years. In 1999, at a time when horse racing was experiencing a decline as casinos and lotteries became commonplace, New Mexico legislators allowed slot machines at the track. Now with 700+ machines, racing at Sunland Park Racetrack has benefited greatly, with purses increasing from a $35,000 daily average in the early 1990s to nearly a quarter million per day today. The casino does not offer table games, and unlike most stand-alone casinos, is not open 24 hours by state regulation.