City of Rocks
City of Rocks
Buckhorn Saloon, Pinos Altos
Fire station, Pinos Altos
Fire station, Pinos Altos
beautiful setting, undiscovered, untainted town
Mine closing caused economic downturn (but mine is gradually reopening)
In a nutshell
The Gila Cliff Dwellings are unlike any others I've seen in New Mexico or Arizona and are well worth the trip.
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...
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...
An incredible example of community participation!
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...
Alotta Gelato: 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...
Jalisco Café: 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...
Isaac's Bar & Grill: 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...
Java the Hut: Deli Food and Great Coffee
Java the Hut is located on Bullard Street in the Historic District. They specialize in deli sandwiches, hot dogs, and different types of coffees and teas. Hours are 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday and 9 AM to 4 PM on Saturday. They are closed on Sundays. This place is...
Buffalo Bar: 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...
The Watering Hole: Nice Place to Drink, Watch Sports and Meet People
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...
Three ways to get here. FROM...
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.
Written Oct 5, 2002
Lots of galleries!
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.
Updated Jun 11, 2005
Phone: 505) 538-2505 or 1-888-758-7289
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The Official New Mexico State Question...
...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...
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...
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...
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...
There are not any tourist...
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.
Written Oct 5, 2002
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...
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...
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...
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...
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