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Silver City is a town in the southwestern part of New Mexico, USA. An old mining town, it is currently undergoing rebirth as a modest high-tech center and jumping-off point to a number of attractive areas in the mountains. The small nearby towns of Bayard, Hurley, etc., are also covered in this article.

Get in[edit]

There is intermittent air service via commuter airlines from Albuquerque. Road access is best from the southeast, via US 180 from Deming, and southwest, via NM 90 from I-10 near Lordsburg. NM 152 connects Silver City to I-25 near Truth or Consequences to the east, and is a scenic and interesting drive, but one with some daunting hairpin curves that may challenge drivers of large, unwieldy vehicles. Access from the north is sharply limited by the roadless Gila Wilderness.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway, +1 575 538-5921. Open Tu-F 9AM - 4:30PM, weekends 10AM - 4PM. Free. Memorabilia of Silver City's mining-town past.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Silver City Blues Festival, Gough Park, downtown Silver City, [1]. annually over Memorial Day Weekend.  edit
  • Mimbres Region Arts Council (MRAC), 1201 N. Pope Street, 575-538-2505, [2]. Tickets to the Silver City Blues Festival, Pickamania! Festival, Folk Series, Youth Mural Arts Program, and performance series can be purchased here.  edit

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Eat[edit][add listing]

Plenty of Mexican food around town. All of them do one or two things really well but none are great across the menu.

  • Country Kitchen, Hwy 90 Behind church, Silver City, NM 88061. cheap prices great food $5-$10.  edit
  • Curious Kumquat, 111 E. College St, Silver City, NM 88061 (Where Bullard & College Sts. meet), 575-534-0337, [3]. T-S, Opens at 11AM. Award winning local and foraged menu presented with modernist techniques. Best beer and wine selection in region. Lunch: $5-$10 Dinner $25-35.  edit
  • Diane's Restaurant, 510 N Bullard St, Silver City, NM 88061, 575-538-8722, [4]. American cuisine with friendly service. lunch: $5-$10 diner $15-25.  edit
  • The Drifter, 711 Silver Heights, Silver City, NM 88061. Old fashion diner. $10-$15.  edit
  • Jaliscos, South end of Bullard St., Silver City, NM 88061. Great Mexican food $10-$15.  edit
  • Shevek & Co Restaurant, 602 N Bullard St, Silver City, NM 88061, 575-534-9168, [5]. summer: 5-9 Th-Tu. Eclectic food with influences from around the world. The patio is beautifully landscaped. Wine and beer served.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • The Flame 2800 N Pinos Altos Rd - An interesting experience
  • Buffalo Bar 211 N Bullard St - Interesting is not quite the right word

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Comfort Inn Silver City, 1060 E. Rt. 180. Indoor pool & hot tub, free high-speed wireless internet. Entire hotel is non-smoking. Usually one of the first to fill up.
  • Holiday Inn Express, 1103 Superior St. Generic hotel-chain lodging, nothing special but comfortable. Newer building than the other nearby chain hotels. Includes free high-speed internet.
  • Palace Hotel, [6] 106 W. Broadway, 575-388-1811. Renovated historic hotel in downtown.
  • Adobe Agave / Silveree Adobe, 309 E St., 505-388-2917, [7]. Charming vacation rentals in an historic adobe building have private native plants gardens.  edit
  • Casitas de Gila Guesthouses, 50 Casita Flats Road, Gila, 575-535-4455, [8]. Guesthouses, art gallery, and nature preserve on 265 Stress-Free acres, just far enough from Silver City to enjoy the incredible quiet and brilliant dark skies that make the Casitas special. Perfectly located to explore all the area's attractions. Full kitchens, seasonal fireplaces, continental breakfast, fantastic views of Gila Wilderness, free wifi. A Sunset Magazine "Top 10 Romantic Escape."  edit

Get out[edit]

Silver City's mountain setting allows for a number of fine excursions to outdoor points of interest:

  • City of Rocks State Park [9], south of town via NM 61. Fee $5/day for day use; campground fees start at $8/night and range upward depending on access to hookups, etc. A number of interesting short hikes are possible through weird terrain reminiscent of better-known Chiricahua National Monument across the state line in Arizona (another good, but long, excursion from Silver City).
  • Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument [10] north of town, a unit of the national park system. Fee $3/day for individuals, $10/day for families; Park Pass applies. Trails to archaeological sites are open for day use. No lodging at the monument; plan to stay in Silver City.
  • Gila Wilderness is a large roadless area north of town, reachable via any number of trailheads in the area. Good for day hiking and backpacking.
  • Pinos Altos is a mining ghost town located six miles north of Silver City on State Road 15. It has been converted into a tourist attraction and features museums, restaurants, lodging, and art galleries. [11]


Routes through Silver City
HolbrookPetrified Forest NP  NW noframe SE  DemingEl Paso


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