Treasures of Silver City: A New Mexico town rich in art, history, food

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Treasures of Silver City: A New Mexico town rich in art, history, food

The view from the Sunrise Ridge Trail at Bear Mountain Lodge in Silver City, N.M. The trail is one of three on the 180-acre property adjacent to the Gila National Forest.
If you go

Where to stayBear Mountain Lodge60 Bear Mountain Ranch Rd.
575-538-2538
bearmountainlodge.com
Bed-and-breakfast lodging in 1928 Pueblo-style inn. Located 15 minutes outside of town, it is surrounded by hiking trails, labyrinths and lots of art, inside and out. Some rooms are pet-friendly. Rooms from $160.
Murray Hotel200 West Broadway
575-956-9400
murray-hotel.com
Built in 1938 as a luxury inn but shuttered for 25 years, the Murray was recently renovated with attention to its art deco roots and reopened in 2012. Continental breakfast included. Rooms from $84.
Palace Hotel106 West Broadway
575-388-1811
silvercitypalacehotel.com
An 1882 building just down the street from the Murray, the Palace was restored in Victorian style in 1990. A large painting of Jane Russell as she appeared in “The Outlaw” dominates the lobby, along with photos of historic Silver City. Continental breakfast included. Rooms from $58.
Where to eatThe Buckhorn Saloon & Opera House32 Main St., Pinos Altos, N.M.
575-538-9911
buckhornsaloonandoperahouse.com
Built in 1865, it boasts a century-old potbelly stove, a carved wooden bar and paintings that suggest its history as a one-time brothel. Green chiles served every which way - in stew or as a sauce on burgers and steaks. Entrees start at $19.
Revel304 N. Bullard St.
575-388-4920
eatdrinkrevel.com
Made-from-scratch, locally sourced food that’s creative, adventurous and yummy. Vegetarian and vegan offerings available. Entrees start at $18.
Diane’s Restaurant & Parlor510 N. Bullard St.
575-538-8722
dianesrestaurant.com
A local favorite, Diane’s offers a varied and interesting beer list with local drafts. Menu items include Italian and Thai offerings. Lunch and dinner, plus a weekend brunch (try the Hatch Benedict, with a dose of Hatch green chiles for $12). Entrees start at $16.
What to doGila Cliff Dwellings National Monument26 Jim Bradford Trail, Mimbres, N.M.
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Drive 45 miles north of Silver City along the Trail of the Mountain Spirits (Highway 15) to see this mysterious and elaborate complex of rooms built into high cliff faces more than 700 years ago by the nomadic Mogollon people. Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission $10; free with senior lifetime pass, military pass or other federally issued passes.
Syzygy Tile106 N. Bullard St.
575-388-5472
syzygytile.com
Named for a celestial phenomenon, Syzygy creates colorful and unique handmade tiles and mosaics. Free tours of the factory. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Silver City Art AssociationMultiple locations
silvercityart.com
Look for the large red dot with “ART” in white letters, and stroll more than 20 colorful galleries that line the town’s business district. The association’s annual Red Dot Art Festival (Oct. 7-15) features tours of galleries, plus music, food and a fashion show. Every spring, the association sponsors a studio tour where visitors can meet local artists.
Silver City Museum
312 West Broadway
575-538-5921
silvercitymuseum.org
Learn about Geronimo, the Apache chief born near the Gila River, and outlaw Billy the Kid, who grew up in Silver City as Henry McCarty. Artifacts from the town’s mining history, a collection of prehistoric Mimbres pottery, plus more than 20,000 photos documenting the history of Silver City. Open Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Suggested donation $5.
Western New Mexico University Museum1000 West College Ave.
575-538-6386
museum.wnmu.edu
The university museum already housed the largest permanent display of historic Mimbres pottery in the world when in 2012 it received a gift of the distinctive black-and-white pottery excavated from a site in the Mimbres Valley. Visitors can’t see the collection until July 2019, as the museum is undergoing a $3.2 million renovation.
Gila National Forest and Gila Wilderness3005 E. Camino del Bosque
575-388-8201
fs.usda.gov/gila
Gila National Forest includes the nation’s first wilderness area, established in 1924. Its 3.3 million acres offer backpacking, kayaking on the Gila River, mountain biking, horseback riding and natural hot springs. Hikers can connect to the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. Forest is open to the public all year except in extreme conditions. Office open Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. No fees for hiking and camping; other activities may require permits.
Informationvisitsilvercity.org

Treasures of Silver City: A New Mexico town rich in art, history, food

The view from the Sunrise Ridge Trail at Bear Mountain Lodge in Silver City, N.M. The trail is one of three on the 180-acre property adjacent to the Gila National Forest.

Treasures of Silver City: A New Mexico town rich in art, history, food

A mosaic completed by the Youth Mural Project of the Mimbres Region Arts Council tells stories about the people of Silver City, N.M.

Treasures of Silver City: A New Mexico town rich in art, history, food

The “One Million Bones” exhibit fills a high meadow behind Bear Mountain Lodge. The powerful statement about genocide that was displayed on the Mall in Washington, D.C., in 2013 and now has a permanent home in a meadow on the lodge property.

Treasures of Silver City: A New Mexico town rich in art, history, food

The Buckhorn Saloon in Pinos Altos, N.M., built in the 1860s, features an ornate back bar and welcoming leather-topped bar stools.
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