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Catron County

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Catron County

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Catron County is a rural county in Southwest New Mexico.



  • Alma is a ghost town with a well-tended cemetery. It was the site of the Alma massacre in 1880, and on that event's centenary a monument to it was erected in the Gila Wilderness.[1]

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  • Catwalk National Recreational Trail in Whitewater Canyon Forest National Recreational Area is a one-mile trail following the path of an old water pipe used in mining.[2]
  • Elfego Baca Memorial in Reserve commemorates the Frisco Shootout that occurred on December 1, 1884. Supposedly Baca single-handedly held off eighty attacking cowboys.[3]
  • Mogollon is a mining ghost town that is on the National Register of Historic Places.[4]
  • Lightning Field is an artistic installation of 400 stainless-steel poles near Quemado, created by Walter de Maria.[5]
  • Whitewater Baldy in the Gila Wilderness is the highest point in Southwestern New Mexico, at 10,895 feet.[6]


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