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Lake Valley Historic Townsite

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Lake Valley, Las Cruces, NM
+1 575-525-4300
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One of my favorite things during my trip to New Mexico

I first learned of Lake Valley via the website Atlas Obscura. Information and directions to this... read more

Reviewed April 23, 2017
Diane H
surprise encounter

the drive to lake valley is a national scenic byway. either way, via Nutt or Hilsboro a very nice... read more

Reviewed February 13, 2017
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Lake Valley, Las Cruces, NM
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Reviewed April 23, 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

2  Thank Diane H
Reviewed February 13, 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
Reviewed January 25, 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 January 17, 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

1  Thank ggggggggggghhhhh
Reviewed January 4, 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

1  Thank Jennifer30308
Reviewed July 30, 2016

This is a place that's well worth a look but it is very far off the beaten path. However, all the roads that take you there are paved until you actually drive into the old ghost town. There is an amazing old Adobe schoolhouse that...More

1  Thank Jim E
Reviewed May 27, 2016

This site still has some of the original buildings from the mining era. Most are in non-restored condition, so you can not enter most of the buildings. Which is what I expect from a ghost town site - not Disneyland. However, the museum/school house has...More

2  Thank Anne C
Reviewed April 23, 2016 via mobile

We rang a doorbell to let the caretaker/guide that we were there. An amazing lady appeared who took us into a visitors centre type building. She went on to describe the history of the site. We must have spent almost an hour in the building...More

2  Thank Abby K
Reviewed April 11, 2016

From Las Cruces it's over fifty miles to the location. There is a museum on site and a BLM guide to show items and explain history. Towns last resident left in 1993. The silver mine played out in the 1930's. They did mine other mineral's...More

2  Thank Bob A
Reviewed April 11, 2016 via mobile

The caretaker was very knowledgeable. Very neat to see a part of history as it originally was! Wished we could have gotten closer to the mines but was still good to see from afar.

1  Thank aschwegerl
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Jo M
December 2, 2016|
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I saw where it really was but there map has or had it wrong
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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