Ghost Towns & Mining Camps of New Mexico


Mogollon, New Mexico Main Street

Mogollon, New Mexico Main Street

With inhabitants dating back some 10,000 years, New Mexico’s story is rich with history, from the Ancient Puebloan Indians, to Spanish explorers, pioneers traveling along the Santa Fe Trail, and prospectors in the 19th century. These many folks left their “footprints,” not only along the many old trails in the “Land of Enchantment,” but also on the many ruins and ghost towns that remain.

From abandoned pueblos to old mining camps, to deserted railroad and ranching towns, New Mexico is left with hundreds of ghost towns and historic sites to explore.


Ghost Towns, Ruins and Mining Camps:

Along the Dry Cimarron


Atop Johnson Mesa in New Mexico

Atop Johnson Mesa in New Mexico

Bell/Johnson Mesa


Ancho – Returning to Nature

Coal Mining Towns of the Vermejo Park Ranch






Chloride – Center of the Apache Mining District

Colfax – An Unsuccessful Prospect

Dawson, New Mexico Cemetery

Dawson, New Mexico Cemetery

The Ghosts of Dawson

Dawson Vintage Photographs

Dilia – On the Old Alignment of Route 66

Elizabethtown – Gone But Not Forgotten

Endee to San Jon  – Ghostly Stretch of 66

Forts of New Mexico

Fort Union – Protecting the Santa Fe Trail


Ghosts Beyond Tucumcari




Ghosts of Abo (Pueblo Ruins and Ghost Town)

An old business building on the New Mexico side of Glenrio. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

An old business building on the New Mexico side of Glenrio. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Glenrio – A Route 66 Casualty

Hachita – Old and New

Indian Country Ghost Towns




San Fidel

Jicarilla – Still Gold in Them Thar Hills

Lake Valley – Silver Mining Heydays

Lincoln, New Mexico, 1800's

Lincoln, New Mexico, 1800’s

Lincoln – Wild Wild West Frozen in Time

McKinley County Ghosts

Mills – A Shell of Memories

Mogollon – Surviving All Odds

Monticello Canyon Ghost Towns – Placita and Monticello

Nara Visa – A Picturesque Ghost Town

Rayado, New Mexico – On the Santa Fe Trail

Shakespeare – Born Again and Again

Steins – A Railroad Ghost Town

Old Company House, Madrid, New Mexico

Old Company House, Madrid, New Mexico. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander, 2006. Click for prints & products.

Turquoise Trail Scenic Byway

Golden, New Mexico Has Seen Better Days

Los Cerrillos – Two Thousand Years of History

Madrid – A Ghost Town Reborn

White Oaks -Liveliest Town in the Territory

Winston – Mining & Ranching in Sierra County



Take nothing but photos – leave nothing but footprints – break nothing but silence – kill nothing but time.

Explorer’s Code



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