Silver City Travel Guide

  • City of Rocks
    City of Rocks
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  • Buckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos
    Buckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos
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  • Fire station, Pinos Altos
    Fire station, Pinos Altos
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Silver City Highlights

  • Pro
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     beautiful setting, undiscovered, untainted town 

  • Con
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     Mine closing caused economic downturn (but mine is gradually reopening) 

  • In a nutshell
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    sherita says…

     The Gila Cliff Dwellings are unlike any others I've seen in New Mexico or Arizona and are well worth the trip. 

Silver City Things to Do

  • Silver City Museum

    The museum in Silver City isn’t large but it’s in a nice old Victorian house and is apparently worth a quick visit to see the old photos of the town (especially before the floods that created the Big Ditch – see previous tip). Unfortunately though we spent too long taking photos in the town, and enjoying ice cream at Alotta Gelatto, and got here...

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  • The Big Ditch

    It may seem odd that a “ditch” is a “thing to do” but this is no ordinary ditch. In fact until the end of the 19th century it was Silver City’s Main Street! But around that time there was a series of floods, and one result of these was that on the night of July 21st 1895 Main Street collapsed into a muddy chasm. Businesses on its west side “turned...

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  • An incredible example of community...

    Penny Park is a wonderful playground that is both a terrific place to take children as well as a symbol of what happens when a community comes together for the benefit of all. Built and maintained entirely with donations and volunteer labor, this place is the envy of much bigger towns, and even adults can appreciate it. It just plain makes you feel...

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  • Silver City Museum

    The Silver City Museum is located in an 1881 home built in the Mansard-Italianate Style of architecture, for the H. B. Ailman Family. Today, it houses some interesting displays about the history of the area. Hours are 9 AM to 4:30 PM Tuesday through Friday and 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays. Admission is free...

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  • Silver City Museum: The Cupola

    Architecturally, one of the most interesting parts of the museum is the cupola. When the home was first built the cupola helped cool the home and provided natural lighting. Today, it offers visitors a nice view of the town. The view to the north is dominated by the Western New Mexico Campus and "Gospel Hill", so called because of the number of...

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  • Silver City Museum: Historical...

    There are some recreations of shops and other places important to the history of Silver City. The first bank in the area was established in the nearby town of Tyrone. Schools are also important to all towns, the teachers train the leaders of tomorrow. Of course, no museum in Silver City would be complete without a display about Billy the Kid.

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Silver City Restaurants

  • Best ice cream in town

    When we set off to explore Silver our host at the Inn on Broadway mentioned that the best ice cream could be had at this place towards the north end of the main street, Bullard. So when we arrived at that end of town we decided to pop in for our first ice cream treat of the holiday. And it was a treat! This unprepossessing place serves only ice...

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  • What’s the hurry?

    The Jalisco Café occupies a row of three or four old shops at the bottom end of the main street, Bullard. Having checked out the several restaurants at the southern end of town, near our accommodation, we settled on this one, as it looked welcoming and had an appealing New Mexican menu. It also seemed very popular with local families and was pretty...

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  • Try the Bison!

    I love bison and heard Isaac's had both a burger and meatloaf. When we first arrived there was no one at the front door, just a sign that said to seat yourself. We had to wait what seemed like a long time but was probably only about five minutes for someone to give us a menu. Because of that I thought we were in for a long evening, I was wrong....

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Silver City Nightlife

  • Where everyone goes ...

    According to the Moon Handbook on New Mexico, “Just about everyone in town mixes at the Buffalo Bar”, so we decided to do the same. It’s an unpretentious-looking (and unpretentious) bar on the main drag, Bullard, towards its southern end. When we first went in and took seats at the bar it was fairly quiet, and it never got exactly busy, but it did...

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  • Nice Place to Drink, Watch Sports and...

    The Watering Hole is a small club with TVs for watching sports, light food, and good drinks. It is in the same building as the Red Barn Steakhouse and the same parking area as the motel where I was staying. The waitress changed the channel at the request of some patrons so you can watch what you want. When she poured my rum and coke she was...

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  • Just Great Beer

    The first thing I have to mention is that the name of this place is rather misleading: the beer is not actually brewed here, but rather in nearby Socorro at Socorro Springs Brewery.The next thing I have to mention is that this is some GREAT BEER. I was looking for something special, and I certainly found it. I had their porter and their scotch ale,...

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Silver City Transportation

  • by 7dolphin7 Written Oct 5, 2002

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    Three ways to get here. FROM I-10, 1) Go West on Hwy 180 out of Deming, NM about 48 miles. 2) Go North on Hwy 90 from Lordsburg, NM about 45 miles. 3) Come in from Arizona on Hwy 180 and head east, about 120 miles from teh AZ/NM state line.
    Once in SIlver City, use the Corre Caminos Bus transit (Grant County Transportation) an let them worry about the driving. Very low prices and goes most places in Silver City. Outside Silver City you will need your own vehicle.

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Silver City Shopping

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    by mhellman Updated Jun 11, 2005

    What to buy: Silver City is known for the number and variety of art galleries in town, several of which are run co-operatively. The quality is good, and the works are usually far less expensive than similar offerings in more trendy towns like Santa Fe and Taos.

    Most galleries can be found on Bullard St. or Yankie St. (which crosses Bullard St). Open house/walking tour events happen from time to time-- ask around.

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Silver City Local Customs

  • The Official New Mexico State...

    ...is "Red or Green?" This refers to whether you would like red or green chile sauce on your food. You may wish to ask your server which one is hotter that day and order accordingly depending on your tastes and tolerance. My personal favorite is green, as I find that green chiles have a 'butter-y' flavor I really enjoy. Not sure which to choose?...

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  • Friendly natives

    People in Silver City are very friendly and will often say hello to anybody they may pass on the street. This sometimes startles visitors, especially those from the East Coast of the US (where many people on the street keep their head down and avoid eye contact with strangers).Another local custom is for drivers on lightly-traveled roads to wave to...

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  • Although it is unfortuate,...

    Although it is unfortuate, there is the occasional prejudice in our area. Hispanics and Anglos make up most of the population and anger does flare up now and then as it does anywhere. Otherwise Silver City is rich in cultural diversity and shoul be experianced. The Spanish languange is not required knowledge as English is still the primary language...

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Silver City Warnings and Dangers

  • Watch out for deer!

    When driving in outlying areas, be careful to avoid hitting deer. Keep in mind that most such accidents occur at dusk, and that deer usually travel in groups of two or more-- so if you see one, be aware that another may be nearby.US Rt. 90 from Silver City south (toward Lordsburg) is especially prone to deer encounters for the first 20 miles or so.

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  • A brief word to the wise...

    Silver City is not crime-free (what place is?). Like much of New Mexico, Silver City's crimes are generally alcohol- or drug-fueled: drunk driving, domestic violence, vandalism, etc. The cops are friendly and professional and are trying to keep the lid on.Like many places in the Western US, Silver City's gentle climate draws its share of...

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  • Driving in Silver City has...

    Driving in Silver City has become a bit hazzardous because of the infrastucture. Silver City has grown over the years and the roads do become crowed on the main throughfares. Times to aviod traffic are 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM and 3:00 PM to 5:00PM.

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Silver City Tourist Traps

  • by 7dolphin7 Written Oct 5, 2002

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    There are not any tourist traps I know of, but some of the local Arts and Crafts shops can be a little pricy for thier products. Gasoline is always higher in Silver City than on the Interstate accesses from I-10 by about .20 cents/gallon.

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Silver City What to Pack

  • by 7dolphin7 Written Oct 5, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: For the Outdoors (camping and fishing) the nights can get pretty cool since Silver City is over 5500 feet elevation. The surrounding mountains get downright cold at night. Daytime gets pretty warm during the summer months and Monsoon season can bring heavy rains. RV's will limit where you can go in the Gila Wilderness because of road conditions (forest roads). For Silver City itself, if you forget something we have a Wal-Mart Super Center in town.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hiking, fishing, camping, havegood comfortable hiking shoes/boots, denim pants and long sleeve shirt. Rain gear during Monsoon Season.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: In Silver City we have an excellent hospital and EMS services that can meet any need. If go out into the Wilderness though, medical attention can be hard to get to, so pack a 1st aid kit.

    Photo Equipment: In Silver City we have excellent photographic supplies because of all picturesqe views that abound. But if you venture out into the WIlderness, make sure you have everything you need.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camping and Fishing. Make sure you have anything you mights need for weather/temperature changes. Wildlife can get into your food supplies so keep the food locked up in your vehicle when not in use. Yes we have Bears, Mountian Lion, Lynx, and Mexican Gray Wolves.

    Miscellaneous: Firearms are not allowed on National parks or wilderness so make sure you take the appropriate steps to discourage wildlife from ruining your trip.

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Silver City Off The Beaten Path

  • Pinos Altos

    Driving north out of Silver towards the Gila Cliff Dwellings you will pass a half-hidden turning to Pinos Altos. But unless you are really in a hurry (and no one in a hurry should be driving winding Highway 15), do take the turning and spend a few minutes exploring this sleepy remnant of the once-Wild West. The town was founded in 1860, when three...

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  • City of Rocks State Park

    If you like unusual landscapes and photogenic rock formations, this is the place for you. A group of bizarrely-shaped rocks rises from an otherwise fairly featureless plain as if they had been placed here by ancient man, but this is a completely natural construction. The outcrop was formed of volcanic ash 35 million years ago and sculpted by wind...

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  • Unusual, accessible natural wonder

    About 30 miles east of Silver City is City of Rocks State Park. A volcano blew its stack about 30 million years ago and deposited a pile of rocks hundreds of miles away on an otherwise flat plain. These monoliths have survived wind and water and have incredible shapes. Great to climb on, walk or drive around and a nearby hill is a perfect spot for...

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Silver City Favorites

  • Many-coloured Silver

    Silver City has a pleasingly raffish air, with many of its old buildings not only smartened up but also brightly painted. Unlike many western towns, its buildings were built in stone or in cast iron, and have stood the test of time. Also unlike some carefully “restored” old towns, it seems unafraid to mix old and new. In recent years it has become...

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  • Visit the Historic Downtown...

    Visit the Historic Downtown area for fine Art Galleries, arts and crafts shops, and to take a step back in time with the appearance of the old west town look. Best memory is of Graduation from Silver High School, home of the Fighting Colts.

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  • towhee's General Tip

    The beautiful trout in the Gila River. (No fishing allowed in Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, though.)

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