Southwestern New Mexico

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

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  • 1. 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 volcano...Read More

  • 2. 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, and while...Read More

  • 3. 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 and...Read More

  • 4. Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    One of the most visually dramatic ways to reach Silver City is via NM 152, which forms the southern prong of the backward-C-shaped Geronimo...Read More

  • 5. Percha Bank Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Back on NM 152, continue 10 mi west to reach another vintage mining town, Kingston, home to the Percha Bank Museum , which is just a skip away...Read More

  • 6. 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 in the...Read More

  • 7. 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 main...Read More

  • 8. 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 pottery...Read More

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