We took a weekend trip to Silver City, finding it hard to locate many reviews on the area. It was a great trip, though short. Just wanted to give some recommendations on anyone interested in a trip to the area...
The Agave Ridge Resort is a gorgeous house in Pinos Altos, about 10 miles or 20 mins. north of Silver City on Hwy. 15. It's at the edge of the Gila National Forest -- set in the hills and just isolated enough. There was room for two couples, and the house was appointed just beautifully.
The Gila Cliff Dwellings are about 1:30 north of here, along a winding forest road. Wouldn't go there when it's snowy/icy, but it's worth the trip, otherwise. The hike is moderately strenuous (we were walking pretty briskly), and we wondered how the 80-year-old couple we saw would make it up there. There are petroglyphs at the Lower Scorpion campsite. There's also a small cliff dwelling there, too.
Northwest of SC, about 2 hours away, is the city of Glenwood (not as unforgettable as the welcome sign promises, but still nice). The Catwalk is a great hiking area, with a short hike to the 'walk' over the river. There are two ways to get there -- one is mildly strenuous, the other is handicapped accessible. The best part of the hike is after the catwalk and along the more moderately strenous trail. We came too late in the day to get to the end and would suggest coming before noon with a bottle of water or two. We saw no wildlife on the 1 1/2 miles or so we hiked, though there were warning about foxes testing positive for rabies recently. Yikes!
We stopped about 20 mins. north of Glenwood in Mogollon, up 9 mis. of winding mountain roads (sometimes one-lane). It was totally enchanting and full of decades-old store fronts. I believe the hotel and stores are only open in the summer, and we wish we'd have been able to spend a night there. The mining town history is phenomenal.
In Silver City, we enjoyed the main street (Bullard) and met lots of friendly locals. There's really a small-town feel, even though I believe Silver's population is listed close to 10,000. We loved Alotta Gelato (see my post)!
Thanks for reading this, as I hope it helps publicize how wonderful southwestern NM is! We had no idea until we went there on a whim from Albuquerque. We've enjoyed northern NM as well, but there's something particularly charming about the Silver City area!!
P.S. We took Hwy 152 in from the north. The winding mountain roads are so scenic. If you get prone to motion-sickness, though, this will probably induce it! We took 180 back out to Deming, which was not as pretty but took about as long. Cheers!