October 06, 2014

Virgin Galactic Announces Ted Turner’s Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa as Latest Astronaut Hospitality Partner

World’s First Commercial Spaceline Partners with Intimate Local Hotel to Create Immersive New Mexico Experiences for Future Astronauts and Guests

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. – Oct. 6, 2014 – Virgin Galactic, the privately-funded space company owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi’s aabar Investments PJS, announced today that it has partnered with Ted Turner’s Sierra Grande Lodge and Spa as it continues to expand its New Mexico accommodation options for Future Astronauts and their families. The Sierra County partnership complements the hospitality partnership in Dona Ana County with Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces.

“We’re excited to partner with Ted Turner and his Sierra Grande Lodge and Spa for lodging and local eco-tourism,” said Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides. “Step by step, we are putting together an incredible spectrum of New Mexico experiences for our customers and their families.”

The Sierra Grande Lodge and Spa was purchased by Ted Turner in 2013 and is well known for its combination of luxurious accommodations, rustic charm and relaxing spa and natural hot springs. The Lodge is also a launching point for visitors to New Mexico to discover the area’s exciting recreational, eco-tourism and artistic opportunities including ancient hot springs, hunting and fishing, hiking, boating, bird watching, historic ghost towns, fine art galleries and world class golf.

The property will offer Galactic customers and families eco-safaris on Turner’s two ranches surrounding Truth or Consequences, the Ladder and Armendaris, which combined comprise over 513,000 acres of land and are home to a variety of wildlife and aquatic species, as well as stunning mountains and desertscapes.

“I immediately fell in love with the timelessness and serenity of Sierra Grande Lodge and Spa when I first visited the hotel with my family during the summer of 2012,” said owner Ted Turner. “Virgin Galactic’s Future Astronauts will surely fall in love with its rich history and rustic charm the way I did when they experience the fantastic taste of New Mexican culture and hospitality before they take their amazing trip to space.”

More information about Virgin Galactic and the Future Astronaut experience can be found at VirginGalactic.com.



Purchased by Ted Turner in 2013, Sierra Grande Lodge and Spa is a 19-room hotel located in the heart of historic Truth or Consequences, New Mexico and within walking distance to shops, restaurants, entertainment, galleries and more. Built in 1929, Sierra Grande is known for its legendary, healing hot springs, a major tourist attraction and unique feature of the region. Sierra Grande was fully restored in 2001, with a new spa added in 2006 and a fitness center adjacent to the Lodge in 2013. Current construction projects include a full renovation of the luxurious two-bedroom Casita adjacent to the Lodge, a complete redesign and buildout of the hotel’s full-service restaurant, and classic updates to two king guest rooms. All reconstruction and redesign efforts honor the original architecture while maintaining a place to welcome travelers from across the globe.