Southwestern New Mexico Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Southwestern New Mexico - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Mineralogical Museum

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More than 2,000 mineral specimens are on display at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources' Mineralogical Museum, among...

New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

The handsomely designed New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum documents 3,000 years of agriculture in New Mexico and the Southwest.

New Mexico State University (NMSU)

  • Educational Institution

At New Mexico State University (NMSU), the home of the Aggies, museums have a decided focus on agriculture, although those on the arts...

Quemado Lake

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

Quemado Lake, about 20 mi south of town on NM 32 and NM 103, is a man-made fishing and hiking area where it's not unusual to spot herds...

Shakespeare Ghost Town

  • Ghost Town

If you're heading southwest from Silver City (or west toward Arizona from Las Cruces), this is a fun stop. Portions of this settlement...

Silver City Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

The unusual mansard-roof Italianate-style Henry B. Ailman House, built in 1881, serves as headquarters for the Silver City Museum, whose...

Stahmann Farms

  • Farm/Ranch

Pecan trees cover about 4,000 acres here, at the world's largest family-owned pecan orchard. You can take a shaded drive through the...

Very Large Array

  • Observatory/Planetarium

With its 27 glistening-white 80-foot radio-telescope antennae arranged in patterns (their configuration is altered every four months...

Western New Mexico University Museum (WNMU)

  • Museum/Gallery

The Western New Mexico University Museum (WNMU) contains the world's largest permanent display of distinctive black-on-white Mimbres...

Whitewater Canyon

  • Geological Site

U.S. 180 leads northwest about 50 mi from Silver City to Glenwood and Whitewater Canyon —the gateway to the western reaches of the...