If you are going through Silver City, consider staying in a Kabin at the KOA, just outside of the city. You'll have to bring a sleeping bag, but it's worth it! The cabins are inexpensive (about $50)and sleep 4 people. The owners of this KOA are marvelous, and helpful with touring the surrounding area. You can visit the City of Rocks and the Catwalk on one day, and on the following day, take the scenic bypass to the Gila Cliff Dwellings. It's a great 2 day trip.