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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Socorro 4

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City of Rocks State Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

One look at the spires here and you'll figure out how the area came by its name. The unusual rock formations were spewed from an ancient...

El Chino Mine

  • Mine

The wrenching 1954 movie Salt of the Earth chronicled the Empire Zinc Mine strike that took place less than 1 mi away, in Hanover,...

Fort Bayard

  • Military Site

Established in 1866, Fort Bayard was built by the U.S. Army when it became clear that conflict between homeland Apaches and early Anglo...

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...

Western New Mexico University Museum (WNMU)

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

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