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Lake Valley Historic Townsite

Lake Valley nm, Las Cruces, NM
+1 575-525-4300
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Great ghost town...and FREE

If you are into history, mining and/or ghost towns, this is a great place to visit. The drive from... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2018
orto0008
Fun Ghost Town

30 minutes from Hatch ("Chili Capital of the World"). It is in the middle of nowhere...but once... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2018
Theresa H
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El Paso, Texas
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Lake Valley nm, Las Cruces, NM
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"ghost town"
in 19 reviews
"gas station"
in 3 reviews
"bureau of land management"
in 5 reviews
"silver mining town"
in 2 reviews
"self guided walking tour"
in 2 reviews
"house museum"
in 2 reviews
"easy drive"
in 2 reviews
"new mexico"
in 5 reviews
"worth the trip"
in 2 reviews
"chilli"
in 2 reviews
"schoolhouse"
in 16 reviews
"hillsboro"
in 7 reviews
"hatch"
in 4 reviews
"blm"
in 6 reviews
"byway"
in 3 reviews
"creaking"
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Reviewed 10 July 2018

If you are into history, mining and/or ghost towns, this is a great place to visit. The drive from Las Cruces is very pleasant and the site is wonderful. And since it is BLM land, it's free! Stop at the schoolhouse and talk to the...More

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Reviewed 13 February 2018

30 minutes from Hatch ("Chili Capital of the World"). It is in the middle of nowhere...but once you stumble upon it fun to explore. The day I went it was a bit windy...you hear the squeaking and the creaking noises of the signs/shutters...creating the ambiance...More

2  Thank Theresa H
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Reviewed 26 October 2017

Nice old ghost town in a nice surrounding. Many old building and relics from the past. The old school house is worth a visit.

1  Thank sabimax
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Reviewed 27 August 2017

Lake Valley is an abandoned (mostly) silver mining town that dried up in the early 20th century because of two events: 1) in the 1880's, President Grover Cleveland demonetized silver in favor of gold, which started the slide (according to the brochure), and 2) the...More

2  Thank Paul T
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Reviewed 25 August 2017

I drove out there on my way back to Truth or Consequences from Gila. Was a bit out of my way but worth seeing. Some planning would have made my visit better as the main site is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday (I was there...More

1  Thank robK6566WP
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Reviewed 23 April 2017

I first learned of Lake Valley via the website Atlas Obscura. Information and directions to this site can be hard to find on the internet so I asked about it while we were eating at Sparky's in Hutch, New Mexico. A family near us highly...More

3  Thank Diane H
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

the drive to lake valley is a national scenic byway. either way, via Nutt or Hilsboro a very nice drive. there is actually a lake,be it small, at lake valley.

1  Thank masterplumber
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Reviewed 26 January 2017

Site is easy to find south of Hillsboro, NM on state hwy 152 then South on poor state hwy ?? Only open Wed -Sun. We stopped but could not enter - was not worth the time going out of our way off I-25. Locals told...More

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Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We took a trip to New Mexico a couple of months ago and tried to follow the directions from trip advisor to visit this ghost town. It took us to a housing development in a town, so ignore them. We called BLM and they gave...More

3  Thank az r
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Reviewed 5 January 2017

Unlike other ghost towns in the area, this one is protected by the US Bureau of Land Management so it is very well preserved. A ranger lives on site and will open the "new" school room at request. The largest piece of pure silver every...More

3  Thank Jennifer30308
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Jo M
3 December 2016|
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Response from jshanson |
No it is about an hour drive NW of Las Cruces
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Arodea1980
13 October 2015|
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Response from westrain | Reviewed this property |
Would not recommend if you do not have ID Have heavy temporary from Deming checks to cutoff to Lake Valley. Both Interstate highways have Border Patrol Check points as well as south of back roads from Hatch and Alamogordo... More
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