This is how far the mountains are from the hotel. This is taken from the Target Parking lot behind the hotel.
Ten miles. It is VERY cool to look at it after you've been to the top. The trip to the top is quick and easy, there's a little ranger station up there, and so if it's cold there's a building with windows. There are clear, long views in all directions on a clear day, and most New Mexico days are clear. Even with all the clouds in this photo, you can see the mountains clearly!
There are other mountains nearer you can also see, but they're not as high. The store is in the way of seeing them in his photo.