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Trip Guide: Silver City

Silver City has a richness that goes beyond its area mining history, with its striving art, restaurant, and gallery scene.


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This colorful town covered in murals and galleries as well as eclectic eateries and shops isn’t just for art aficionados. Surrounded by some of the state’s most popular outdoor attractions, Silver City illustrates how a cultured, artistic environment can also have its wild side. Discover how this town’s rich cultural diversity comes together with the great outdoors.

Silver City Gila Cliff DwellingsAbove: The astonishing Gila Cliff Dwellings. Photograph courtesy of the City of Silver City.


1. Cool and Green in the Gila
While other areas of the Southwest broil in the summer months, Silver City and the Gila Wilderness are cool, green, and comfortable. The monsoons bring mild temperatures and delightful summer evenings.

2. The Little Toad Creek Brewery and Distillery
Try all our live music-dining venues for bluegrass, jazz, folk, blues, and classical performances. You can find something happening every Friday and Saturday night at the Little Toad and the Buckhorn Saloon as well as in the town’s numerous coffee houses and at Light Hall at the Western New Mexico University campus. 

3. Mountain Blue Jay
Birding is always in season. Silver City’s Big Ditch Park attracts a variety of birds normally only seen in wildlife preserves. Birdwatching tours are also available at several nearby national and state parks, as well as at some local lodges.

4. Horseback Riding in the Gila
One of the best ways to see the Gila Wilderness is by horseback. If you want to experience the Gila with knowledgeable guides, try our local outfitters and ranches.  

5. Solitude in the Heart of Town
Come for the peace and quiet.  If you enjoy getting away from it all, Silver City will be a great destination for you. Numerous B&Bs, lodges, cabins, and cottages offer a relaxed vibe with just the right amount of modern conveniences. 

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For more ideas on what to do in New Mexico, check out our travel Page or our monthly calendar of events.






25 Reasons to Love Silver City

When it comes to unforgettable eats, arts, and adventure, this high-country gateway to the spectacular Gila Wilderness is fully "loded." By Andrew Collins

The Power of the Press

Silver City knows how to throw a next-level printing party. By Madison Spratto

10 Ultimate Hikes

Clamber among surreal hoodoos, dip into secluded hot springs, picnic by a glacial lake, and drop into the epic Rio Grande Gorge. These awesome trails belong on any NM hiker’s bucket list.
By Ashley M. Biggers