Our Byway is rural,
beautiful and serene.
It is a mixture of
national forest lands,
farms, ranches and
private homes and
Welcome to Our
Our Byway is rural, beautiful and serene. It is a mixture
of national forest lands, small communities, farms,
ranches and private homes and businesses.
There are also places to stay. We offer a variety of
motels, cabins, lodges and B& Bs. Also restaurants,
cafes offering food and drink are here as well. We have
several small grocery stores with gas available.
Most of these businesses have phones and web sites
which we list for you by community, as well as Forest
Service offices and Gila Cliff Dwelling Visitor Center
that can provide conditions and general information.
Please remember that most of the businesses keep
Contact Silver City /Grant County Chamber Or 1-800-548-9378 for all other information:.
Once a mining community founded in the 1860s, also the county seat before Silver City grew up, the town stagnated after the gold and silver mining stopped. Many of the old structures still remain and are operated as businesses.
Gila Cliff Dwellings
The dwellings were one of the first National Monuments created and offer a tour inside the caves and a view of what life was like for the early inhabitants. There is a museum and visitor center as well.
Gila Hot Springs
is located on the West Fork of the Gila River. Settled in the 1860s by ranchers and farmers, Buffalo Soldiers camped and protected the community from Apaches. It offers access to the Gila Wilderness, horseback riding, hot springs and lodging.
is a small community that grew up around a man-made lake in the early 1970s. It offers fishing and boating and is a mecca for wildlife and birds. Now a popular destination for camping, picnics, visits to the Gila Cliff Dwellings, lodging and restaurants.
is surrounded by rugged mountains this lush river valley has small farms and ranches. Once a mining center, very little is left of the town except the cemetery. Bear Canyon Lake offers fishing, birding and a waterfall.
San Lorenzo The San Lorenzo Catholic Church is reminder of the spiritual heritage of the Mimbres Valley. Old Adobe houses, wooden barns and a rich Hispanic heritage are characteristic of this tiny village founded in the 1860s.
Bayard was the supply route for the fort. The railroad station was located here. Bayard was a mining town and the area was the terminus for the historic "Copper Trail" from Santa Rita mines down to Mexico.
Ft. Bayard started as a frontier fort to protect the mines and settlers from the Apache. It was home to the "Buffalo soldiers". After the Apache wars concluded the fort became a veteran's hospital. It hosts a national cemetery and a medical center.
This small Hispanic community has a long history and deep ties to the mining economy of Grant County. It is now home to the new Fort Bayard Medical Center
is a small town hosting a university, the Grant County seat and an eclectic mix of Old West and modern living. It has an arts community, galleries, restaurants and shops and a casual atmosphere.
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