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Some great places to visit while you're here.
Gila Cliff Dwellings
Take a trip thousands of years back in time and visit these amazing ruins. Plan on a bit of a hike from the parking area through the dwellings but it's definitely worth the trip. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The guided tour starts in the dwellings proper at noon so plan to get there by 11:30 to allow time to walk from the parking area to the dwellings. The fee is $3 per day and National Park Passes are accepted.
Located near Glenwood in the Gila Wilderness, this narrow metal path clings to the canyon walls as you descend to Whitewater Creek. The fee is $3 per day and National Park Passes are accepted. The total hike down and back is ~ two miles.
Rock Hound State Park
The beautiful Little Florida Mountains look over this park known for it's abundant caches of agates and quartz. If you're at all interested in rock collecting then a visit to Rock Hound is a must.
City of Rocks State Park
These unusual rock formations are found in only 6 other places in the world making the City of Rocks a worthwhile destination. Check out the park bochure for more information.
Museums & Educational
Deming Luna Mimbres Museum
The Armory Building, completed in 1916 just two months after the Pancho Villa raid of nearby Columbus, now houses the Luna Mimbres museum.
Pancho Villa State Park
The exhibit hall houses a fine collection of the vehicles and technology used by Pershing in his pursuit of Pancho Villa after Villa's raid of 1916. This 11 month, 500 miles pursuit was the first military expedition to use automobiles, motorcycles and airplanes as combat vehicles.
Silver City is an old mining town that has developed a second life as an artist hub. The downtown is filled with great old turn of the last century architecture and great local restaurants. This is a great starting point for exploring the Gila Cliff Dwellings, Hwy 152 to Hillsboro, or a run up to the Catwalk at Glenwood. Definitely worth a visit.
Las Cruces and Old Town Mesilla
Founded around 1848, Mesilla is a wonderful example of the Spanish/Mexican colonial town. Check out the Gadsen Museum and the San Albino Church. There's also great eating at the Golden Eagle or La Posta.