Local Area Attractions
There is much to do here in the area. Check out these popular places to visit!
Gila (Hee-La) Cliff Dwellings National Monument
A Visit to the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. The Gila Cliff Dwellings are well known. Within five natural caves there are 42 well-preserved rooms of stone and mud mortar that were built in the 12th century. A beautiful wooden footbridge spans the West Fork of the Gila River from the Gila Cliff Dwellings visitor station to the mouth of Cliff Dweller Canyon. The West Fork of the Gila River flows under the bridge, rippling and sparkling in the sun. Two mule deer drinking at the shore look up than lower their heads again. Above you towering rocks pierce the blue sky. There is only the sound of the river and wind in cottonwoods and pines. Its beautiful and peaceful, and time is forgotten. The river has flowed here for uncounted thousands of years. It was like this when the Mogollon people ventured up this valley and found the caves that would protect the dwellings they built and suddenly left behind 800 years ago. As the trail enters Cliff Dweller Canyon the walls close in and you walk in the dappled shade of pines accompanied by songs of birds and cascading water. There are little bridges that cross the stream and benches along the way to sit and enjoy the moment. A half-mile up the canyon the trail ascends in a series of stone steps. Here is your first view of the Gila Cliff Dwellings. Looking up you see dark arches, like giant eyes, in the cliffs above. Sheltered within the caves and reflecting the warm glow of the sun, are the Dwellings. You climb the stone steps to a broad shelf and pass by caves and ruins, inaccessible and high on the cliff face. At the largest of the caves a stair takes you up and into a great domed chamber, cool and dim with reflected light from outside. The stone walls of many rooms fit together like a puzzle on the sloping floor and the smoke of ancient fires blackens the high ceiling. Two great arched openings look out across the canyon to pine covered slopes. The view is stunning. A Monument volunteer is there to tell you about the Dwellings and the Mogollon people. Little is known about them but you can come to your own understanding of them by visiting their ancient homes. In learning how they lived you will find an appreciation for the endurance and spirit of the people who came before and left their mark in this timeless place. A visit to the Gila Cliff Dwellings in the heart of the Gila Wilderness is a great experience for everyone.
Silver City is the boyhood home of Billy the Kid. Silver City is a blend of the old and new, the last of the frontier days and modern culture. The historic downtown district has brick Victorian homes and stores built in the late 1800's and early 1900's. It's charm and character has been preserved by our community's efforts. You'll enjoy a visiting to the Silver City Museum, Western New Mexico University Museum, and the galleries and shops. Silver City has been listed in the books, The 100 Best Small Towns in America and The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America. The Silver City KOA has as all the area publications and maps to help you discover and enjoy Silver City and our wonderful area.
The Village of Pinos Altos
Located in this little mountain community nine miles from the Silver City KOA is the famous Buckhorn Saloon and Opera House where the flavor of the Old West is preserved. You'll have a great meal in a truly unique atmosphere. There is musical entertainment in the Saloon almost every night. You can also visit the Hearst Church, built in 1898 with money donated by the famous Hearst family. This unique adobe church now houses the Grant County Art Guild and an exhibit of horse drawn vehicles including the funeral hearse that carried Sheriff Pat Garrett.
The City of Rocks State Park
The City of Rocks State Park By Jackie Blurton Its like the Flintstones Town of Bedrock. Giant boulders rise up out of the desert floor like the buildings of a stone village. Stony avenues and alleyways lead you into the boulder maze of this silent prehistoric city. An occasional lizard scurries away as you walk through it, but no one lives here. The sun passes over it casting ever-changing shadows like a Stonehenge of the West, but no hands built this place. The boulders are formed of volcanic material that is eroded and shaped by desert winds and rain. They are at once beautiful and grotesque, strange and familiar, inspiring and maybe a bit disconcerting as if they came from a distorted dreamscape. They are like the bones of the earth or the graveyard of dinosaurs. They are the ambush scenes from old western movies, and they are a lot of fun to wander through. The early people came by here and may have found shelter among the rocks. Maybe their children played hide and seek like children do today. Its a place that will turn parents into children and children into tireless explorers. Why play video games when you can take the family to a real place where the imagination can fly? There is much here to inspire the artist, photographer, and all of us who love nature. In the shadow of the stones there is a place and time enough to enjoy a moment of solitude and the immense vistas of desert, distant mountains, and boundless sky. The City of Rocks is just one more good reason to come to the Silver City KOA and enjoy the rare beauty of this unique landscape. Take a picnic lunch and make a day of it.
Continental Divide Trail
You can hike a section of the Continental Divide! The Continental Divide Trail is a primer recreation trail that runs all the way from Canada to Mexico. Silver City is right on the Divide and offers great hiking and mountain biking opportunities from many trail access points. We have maps and can give you the best advise on what section of the trail you'd like the best.
Local Area Activities
Silver City is a favorite place for those who love to get outdoors. We have much to do so pick out what looks most interesting to you and be sure to allow enough time to see all the sites.
This is the place to go gallery hopping. Silver City is listed in the Best 100 Small Art Towns in America. The shops and artist-owned galleries feature quality art at affordable prices. In October on the Columbus Day weekend the annual Weekend at the Galleries takes place in downtown Silver City. This wonderful weekend event features special gallery showings, food, and entertainment at the galleries in Silver City's Historic and Cultural District. Come for the fun and the art!
Our beautiful river valleys and winding forest roads are great for bicycling . Good pavement and light traffic make our location a cyclists dream. If you're a mountain biker you'll like the many forest roads and trails for a great day of riding. We've created our own bicycling brochure with our best picks for road and mountain bike rides.
Golfers will enjoy Silver City's fine 18-hole course. Green fees are very reasonable and the course is well maintained, fun, and challenging. You can play year-around.
We invite you to discover the Gila National Forest and the many opportunities for hiking in quiet solitude. Scenic trails, natural beauty, mountain vistas, canyons, streams and clean, clear air make our location ideal as an outdoor recreation destination. The Fort Bayard Wildlife Refuge across the road from our KOA offers great hiking, mountain biking, birding and wildlife viewing. You can take your pets, too. Silver City KOA has its own free hiking brochure and we can advise you on the best trails to explore.
Local Area EventsListing Calendar
Labor Day Gem & Mineral Show
Find your treasures at the Annual Gem and Mineral Show on Labor Day Weekend, September 3, 4 & 5, 2011. Just down the road from the KOA. FREE admission. Vendors will have local minerals and minerals from around the world, beads, hand crafted jewelry, findings, lapidary supplies and equipment, and more. Special exhibits include the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, New Mexico University Zuhl Collection of Petrified Wood, and mineral displays. There will also be educational field trips. The show is presented by the Grant County Rolling Stones Gem and Mineral Society. For more information go to rollingstonesgms.blogspot.com