Silver City – New Mexico
Silver City is located in the sunny southwest corner New Mexico. It combines Old West heritage with a unique arts and entertainment community. It’s a small community, which means that the people are friendly and welcoming.
The historic downtown is home to dozens of unique and one-of-a-kind galleries and shops, and Silver City was named one of the 100 Best Art Towns. Downtown Silver City is a center for art, culture and dining. The district combines historic frontier buildings with more modern and colorful art forms. Three historic residential areas are located in the immediate vicinity of the downtown district.
While out and about you’ll see murals, shops, galleries, studios and theaters, as well as other businesses and services. The Historic District also includes the “Big Ditch”, a popular downtown park that is also one of the entrances for Silver City’s many greenways. Start your visit at the Murray Ryan Visitor Center, 201 N. Hudson Street, and you’ll soon see that there is so much to see and do in Silver City that you may want to stay an extra day.
From downtown, there are millions upon millions of acres of wilderness that can be explored via the Continental Divide Trail or Boston Hill trail system. The Gila Wilderness is located just outside the Town. It contains more than 3.3 Million acres of lakes, camping and biking, fishing, and rock climbing. SilverCity has something for everyone.
The Trail of the Mountain Spirits invites you to enjoy a scenic drive. You will find the footprints of Spanish explorers, miners, Spanish homesteaders, Native Americans, mountain men, and Spanish explorers. Cross the Continental Divide to experience the wild Gila River, walk amongst ancient ruins to feel life before history, and enjoy the sounds of solitude.
Some local favorites include: Catwalk Recreation Area. The scenic drive from Silver City to Catwalk is breathtaking. Highway 180curves and rolls along the foothills of the Mogollon Mountains, a sky bound fortress of peaks cut by deep, craggy canyons. Whitewater Canyon is just one of these.
City of Rocks State Park – Formed of volcanic ash welded together 35 million years ago, then sculpted by wind and water into rows of monolithic blocks, these incredible rock formations give City of Rocks its name. This unique location also features hiking trails, a botanical gardens, and a public nightsky observatory. A Rocky Vacation: Only six other places on the planet can boast rock formations such as those found at the City of Rocks State Park. Imagine visitors seeing the rock formations as small cities with streets, houses, chimneys, courtyards, and chimneys. Visitors can choose from 62 campsites scattered among the rocks, from which they can hike, bird watch, picnic, bike, take in the interpretive exhibits at the visitor center, explore the park’s botanical garden or star gaze.
Gila Cliff Dwellings – The Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument offers a glimpse of the homes and lives of the people of the Mogollon culture who lived there from the 1280’s through the early 1300’s. Containing 533 acres, the monument was established on November 16, 1907. The dwellings are located forty-four miles north of Silver City, New Mexico, on Highway 15.
The Continental Divide Trail – The Continental Divide Trail (CDT), a national scenic trail, is known for the more than 3,000 miles it covers from Montana’s Canadian border to Old West Country’s New Mexico border with Mexico. Silver City and Pinos Altos straddle the Continental Divide at 6,000-7,500 feet, providing surprisingly cool summers in the Southwest, as well as uninterrupted views of the Mexican border to the south.
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