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An art lover’s paradise. An off-the-beaten-path adventure. A chance to be in nature. A vibrant, historic downtown. An affordable getaway. Silver City—a hidden gem of the southwest—is an easy four-hour drive from Albuquerque, with eclectic charm, friendly people and unlimited possibilities.

With a mild climate year-round, a road trip to Silver City offers the chance to explore while maintaining social distance.

Walk through history at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. With cliff dwellings dating back to the 1280s, the site provides a glimpse into the lives and homes of the Mogollon people who once inhabited the area.

The Gila National Forest is part of the vast of 3.3 million acre Gila Wilderness. Soak up the scenic beauty of rugged mountains, diverse vegetation and four life zones. Hike, bike, fish, camp and test your endurance with elevations ranging from 4,200 to 10,900 feet. Observe vast wildlife including elk, bobcats, mountain lions, various deer and even wild turkeys. Or, visit the Catwalk Recreation Area, where you can enjoy a picnic, a hike, or an exploration of hidden places, while taking in the stunning scenery.

Take in the incredible sights of volcanic ash formed over 35 million years ago, which have been sculpted by the weather to make stunning rock formations at City of Rocks State Park. One of only six other places in the world, the park is a must-see!

In addition to outdoor activities, Silver City is a hub of artists and art lovers. With over 30 art galleries in the historic downtown area, it’s a beacon of inspiration and creativity. You’ll find art in every medium including jewelry, weaving, pottery, paintings, and blown glass, among others. Over 50 murals decorate the downtown area and bring to life the unique culture of the region. Also known for its performing arts, musical events, open mic nights and theaters, Silver City offers a rare and immersive art getaway.

Additionally, with ties to Billy the Kid, as the home to the third largest open pit copper mine in the world, and with a history as a mining town, Silver City is also known for its Old West Heritage and southwest culture. Explore the area’s past at the Silver City Museum—which is nationally recognized as an accredited museum by the American Alliance of Museums.

To tailor your vacation to your interests, Silver City has a variety of lodging options – hotels and motels, cabins, cottages, bed and breakfasts, camping and RV parks—all at an affordable cost.

Whatever adventure you seek, you’ll find it in the vibrant community of Silver City. For more information, or to plan your visit, go to

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