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Lake Valley Historic Townsite

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Address: Lake Valley, Las Cruces, NM
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+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 site can be hard to find on the internet so I asked about it while we were eating... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Diane H
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 recommended a visit so we set out to find it. It was worth the trip.... More 

Thank Diane H
Fairacres, New Mexico
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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.

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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 us to go .... from Colorado and this was far from great.

Thank cogreat
Buxton, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 us directions over the phone. The ghost town is worth the trip, if you are... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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 pulled out of a mine (the Sleeping Beauty mine) was found here. There may still... More 

Thank Jennifer30308
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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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 is usually open to the public and certainly worth a look. There is a little... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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 been restored and has a lot of information and artifacts. The care-takers are eager to... More 

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Ossett, United Kingdom
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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 listening to her as well as asking questions which she answered. We then proceeded outside... More 

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nashville, tn., United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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 but not much. The museum is the old school house built in 1904 and had... More 

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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.

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