Ghost Towns, Mining Towns, & Local History

Southwestern New Mexico is a wonderland for history buffs. People have been inhabiting this area for at least 11-12,000 years, so there’s lots to see! The New Mexico True website states, “Whether it’s ancient art preserved in a museum or an authentic saloon where settlers and vagabonds stopped in for a pint and that locals still consider a favorite watering hole, history is still very much alive in Southwest New Mexico.” For an intro to the history of this beautiful area, read The Amazing but True History of New Mexico.

New Mexico True calls the area of Southwestern New Mexico the State’s “Final Frontier,” and our location offers a wealth of amazing day trips to various sites of interest:

Mogollon Mining Ghost Town, near Glenwood. Two hours away.
Old Hatchita Mining Ghost Town, near Hatchita. Two and a half hours away.
Shakespeare Ghost Town, near Lordsburg (ranked No. 1 ghost town in NM). For more information, and tour info: Shakespeare Ghost Town. And:
Steins Ghost Town, also near Lordsburg. Two hours away.

Pinos Altos Historic Town. 30 minutes away (between Silver City and Sapillo Creek Escape on Route 15). Explore this small, still thriving mining town and have dinner or drinks at the circa 1860 historic Buckhorn Saloon and Opera House.

Mimbres Cultural Heritage Site. 30 minutes away. Located near Mile Marker 4 on Highway 35 in Mimbres,  New Mexico, this world-famous  archaeological site ​is open to the public. Chec

Historic Fort Bayard

Silver City Celebrates its Wild West Past – did you know Billy the Kid grew up in Silver City? You can view a replica of his childhood home right in town. And be sure to visit the Silver City Museum for exhibits and programs about Silver City history. Contact Adelante Tours for sightseeing tours.