- Backpacking in the Gila
The Gila National Forest offers beautiful camping areas that range widely from low to high elevation, lakeside to forested and primitive to developed. The more developed campgrounds offer electrical hookups and dump stations for RV or trailer camping, while the more primitive offer only a toilet. Most of the campsites tend to be directed toward the more primitive camping experience.
- Bear Canyon Lake
Bear Canyon Lake is an easy drive from many communities in Grant County, including Silver City, Hurley, Bayard and Santa Clara. It is a popular destination for fishing, picnics, bird watching and more.
- Bill Evans Lake
Bill Evans Lake is an interesting body of water: It's a lake 300 feet above the river that fills it. Water from the Gila River is pumped up a high mesa to where a sparkling lake is impounded.
- Billy the Kid Cabin
The Billy the Kid cabin site, one block north of Broadway Bridge in Silver City next to the Visitor Center, is the original site of the cabin where the outlaw spent part of his childhood with his mother and stepfather William Antrim. While in Silver City, Billy was jailed as a slender of boy of 15 for stealing from a Chinese laundry. He escaped by climbing out the jail's chimney.
- City of Rocks State Park
Formed of volcanic ash 30 million years ago and sculpted by wind and water into rows of monolithic blocks, City of Rocks State Park takes its name from these incredible rock formations. Cactus gardens and hiking trails add to this unique destination.
- Continental Divide Trail
The Continental Divide Trail, a national scenic trail, is known for the more than 3000 miles it covers from Montana's Canadian border to Southwest New Mexico's New Mexico border with Mexico. You'll have the opportunity to hike about 350 miles from north of Pie Town (west of Socorro on US60 in the Cibola Mountains) to the Mexico border near the international port of entry at Antelope Wells, where the trail crosses the grayish limestone outcrops of the Big Hatchet Mountains.
- Fort Bayard
Built in 1866 to house the Buffalo Soldiers of the Ninth Cavalry. Cpl. Clinton Greaves was awarded the Medal of Honor for protecting his squad and a bronze statue stands to honor that feat. Lieut. John J. "Black Jack" Pershing served here.
- Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument offers a glimpse of the homes and lives of the people of the Mogollon culture who lived there from the 1280's through the early 1300's. Containing 533 acres, it was established on November 16, 1907. The dwellings are located forty-four miles north of Silver City, New Mexico, on Highway 15.
- Gila National Forest
From the cottonwoods of the Mimbres Valley, you will quickly enter the juniper, pinon and ponderosa pine country of the Gila (pronounced 'HEE-la') Forest. Here, spruce and fir thrive on the highest peaks, while the desert agave clings to the vertical cliffs of deep canyon walls. Almost one fourth of the 3.3 million acre forest is in wilderness.
- Gila River
This river starts in the Gila National Forest fed by three tributaries and flows west through Arizona, joining the Colorado River at Yuma, AZ.
- Gila Wilderness
The first wilderness set aside by Congress was within the vast 3.3 million acre Gila National Forest. The Gila Wilderness is the largest with 559,324-acres and is one of four designated wilderness areas within Southwest New Mexico ...three within the Gila National Forest (Gila, Aldo Leopold and Blue Range Wilderness) and one within the Cibola National Forest (Apache Kid Wilderness).
- Golf: Silver City
Home of the Annual Billy Casper Benefit Golf Tournament and host to the 2003 New Mexico Women's Amateur Tournaments, the Silver City Golf Course is known as a "jewel in the high desert" and one of the best-kept secrets in Southwest golf.
- Heart Bar Ranch Riparian Area
The Heart Bar Ranch, acquired by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish more than four decades ago, includes access to two riparian areas along the West Fork of the Gila River.
- Hiking Boston Hill in Silver City
The Boston Hills Open Space Trail System area consists of over 550 acres located on a prominent series of hills on the southwest edge of historic Downtown Silver City (www.townofsilvercity.org/boston_hill_trail_system.php).
- Historic Downtown Silver City
Silver City's Historic Downtown still shows much of its Southwest New Mexico charm, with buildings and streets from the days when bars of silver were stacked neatly on curbsides, waiting for assay or delivery out of town. Today, Silver City still has much to offer visitors and residents alike. Downtown is a successful multi-use area that appeals to many different customers.
- La Capilla
The La Capilla Heritage Park project recreated a small chapel, called “capilla” in Spanish, that graced Silver City’s skyline in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The recreated capilla is part of an ongoing 23-acre heritage park development by Silver City and civic groups. La Capilla is just a few blocks south of historic downtown Silver City and forms the heart of a growing area of trails, civic monuments and other recreation areas.
- Lake Roberts
Surrounded by mountains this picturesque lake provides excellent trout fishing, being regularly stocked by the Dept. of Game and Fish.
- Mimbres Culture Heritage Site
The Mimbres Culture Heritage Site includes a large Mimbres pithouse/pueblo ruin and two Territorial adobe houses . The property is in the upper Mimbres Valley in Grant County, next to the Mimbres River, easily accessible, just off Highway 35 near San Lorenzo.
- Mimbres Valley Harvest Festival
As the growing season draws to a close in October, residents of the Mimbres Valley will be coming together to celebrate their life in the valley, inviting everyone to their second annual Mimbres Valley Harvest Festival, Saturday, October 13th, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- OHV riding in the Gila Forest
Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) recreation, including ATV and motorcycle use, is just one of the many uses allowed on National Forest lands. For reasons of erosion control (and common sense), the Forest Service asks that OHVs be kept on existing roads.
- Our Big Ditch Park
Big Ditch Park
- Outer Loop
Beautiful mountain lakes and streams, wildlife, meadows and ponderosa pine welcome you on this trip. The Outer Loop goes from Silver City and Glenwood through Mogollon, Willow Creek and Snow Lake, south from Beaverhead past Wall Lake and the Mimbres River, back to Silver City.
- Pinos Altos Ice Cream Parlor
- Pinos Altos Orchards & Gift Shop
Jams and jellies direct from the Orchards, each with the distinct flavor that will please the pallets of you and your friends.
- Royal Scepter Gem and Mineral Museum
Royal Scepter Gems and Mineral Museum This museum and rock shop is free to the public. You'll find mineral specimens from seven continents and highlighting from New Mexico, mining artifacts, petrified wood and fossils, and rock hounding supplies.
- Silver City
Folks have been living and working in this part of the Southwest for more than 1,200 years. Now their unique combination of climate, lifestyle, environment and opportunity are drawing new visitors and residents from around the world!
- Silver City Farmer's Market
Every Saturday from Spring through first frost, Silver City awakens to the sights, tastes and aromas of the Silver City Farmers' Market, featuring the fruits and vegetables of our farmers. The current growing season marks the 18th in which these local farmers bring their best to Silver City's shoppers.
- Silver City Main Street Project
Established in 1985, Silver City MainStreet Project is the longest continuously-operating program in New Mexico. Our MainStreet Project won a national award for revitilization efforts in Historic Downtown Silver City.
- Silver City Museum
The H.B. Ailman House, built in 1881 during the mining boom era, today is the home of the Silver City Museum. Visitors are encouraged to relive the past as they tour refurbished rooms and view many local artifacts from yesteryear.
- Silver City RV Park
What a great place to discover the world! The Silver City RV Park is just blocks from supermarkets, reastaurants and gift stores. You're surrounded by towering, shady cottonwoods.
- Silver City's Historic Downtown
Mexican settlers, Apache warriors, copper miners, and cowboys became the legends that make historic vistas and great poetry. Silver City, from historic Chihuahuan Hill to the downtown business district, exudes tales from every nook and cranny, depicting the distinctive cultures that have molded today's community.
- Southwest New Mexico Bicycling Guide
Southwest New Mexico Bicycling Guide: A guide to the best bicycling in Silver City and Grant County
- Southwest NM Birding Trail Site: 18 to 20:
- Southwest NM Birding Trail Site: 27 to 29:
northwest Grant County
- Taste of Downtown
Taste of Downtown Silver City is an annual event featuring the Walk-About Tour. This tour showcases restaurants, coffeehouses, and caterers, and gives participants an excellent opportunity to explore the flavors of downtown.
- Trail of the Mountain Spirits National Scenic Byway
The 93-mile Trail of the Mountain Spirits National Scenic Byway beckons you to experience the beauties of southwestern New Mexico. Walk where the spirits of all the people — miners, homesteaders, Indians, Spanish explorers, mountain men, prehistoric man — who have passed through this area left their mark. And, like those who came before, the beauty of the surroundings will leave its mark on you.
- Western New Mexico University
Western New Mexico University serves the people of the State of New Mexico and its surrounding areas as a comprehensive, regional, rural, public, coeducational university. Its student body is diverse in age, culture, language, and ethnic background.