City, New Mexico was founded in the 1880s when silver was
discovered in the area. Its Historic Downtown is now the home to
over 30 art galleries as well as restaurants and shops. Performances
and other events are scheduled year round by the Mimbres Region Arts
Council as well as other local organizations (silvercitymainstreet.com)
Silver City is the
gateway to the
Forest and Wilderness. It is 3.3 million acres of some of
the finest mountain scenery in the Southwest. It provides a range of
recreational activities including hiking, fishing, horseback riding
and bird watching. The elevation (4000 - 10,000 ft) as well as the
hilly terrain attracts those cyclists who enjoy a challenge. (www.fs.fed.us/r3/gila)
City Museum is housed in one of Silver City's Victorian
houses built in 1881. It features exhibits and artifacts from Silver
City's past. It is free and located within the Historic District.
The Western New Mexico University Museum houses one of the
largest permanent displays of prehistoric Mimbres pottery. It is
located on the WNMU Campus and is free.
Pinos Altos was
settled in the 1840s and is now the home of the Cobre Fort and
Buckhorn Saloon and Opera House.
The Catwalk of Whitewater Canyon is located outside the town
of Glenwood northwest of Silver City. Follow the trail and metal
causeway along the canyon walls. Recently renovated by the Forest
Service, it is now more accessible and a great place to hike and
Dwellings located north of Silver City were built in the
late 13th century. There are 42 rooms located in 5 caves that you
visit by walking a 1-mile round trip trail. There is also a
Visitor's Center with displays and information. This is a good day
trip (5-6 hours drive time round trip) to take from Silver City.
Along the way you will enjoy the wonderful scenery of the Gila
Wilderness and the Mimbres River Valley.
City of Rocks State Park is located south of Silver City.
Explore the many fantastic rock formations formed from volcanic
activity and shaped by erosion.
For more information
on the area contact or visit the
City/Grant County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Center
located on Hudson Street (NM90). 575-538-3785 or 1-800-548-9378 (www.silvercity.org)
"Wonderful, charming Victorian elegance!"
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