13 Ghost Towns in New Mexico

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Located 57 miles west of Roswell, Lincoln was home to Billy the Kid and offers a mix of Native American, Spanish, Mexican and Anglo-American history.


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Mixes ghostly remains with redevelopment, having been abandoned and revived over the course of the 20th century. Its history is linked to coal mining and it has been featured in many movies.

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Has a Wild West mythology and a history linked to famous outlaws. It was a mining town and is now a national historic site.

Once a thriving silver mining town, now has 20 residents and 60 preserved buildings including a museum and shops.

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A mining town south of Santa Fe, has a museum and galleries open daily, as well as shops and hiking trails.

Accessible from I-40, was once prosperous due to the railroad and Route 66. Today, it's a partially-inhabited museum of ruins with 60 residents.

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A ghost town with coal mining roots, is now private property and only accessible through organized tours.

Established in 1902 with the Southern Pacific Railroad expansion, has Route 66-related history. You can visit Casa Alta and other old buildings.

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Lake Valley


17 miles south of Hillsboro on State Road 27, was founded in 1878, linked to mining and the railroad, and is now a partially restored ghost town.

Founded during the coal boom and railroad development in 1890. Now a self-guided tour spot.

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White Oaks


A Wild West-style ghost town, lies north of Carrizozo on US Hwy 54. Historic buildings and No Scum Allowed Saloon can be visited.

Near Magdalena on US 60, had a history of mining, businesses, and a clinic. Today, the Kelly mine frame monument stands.


Has a history of Native Americans, Spanish settlers, and Americans. Once a booming gold mining town, now a photogenic ghost town.