Explore the Gila High Country. Wind through one of the largest national forests to the Gila Cliff Dwellings, impressive structures built into the mountainside that sheltered the Mogollon people from approximately 1280 to 1300 (road appropriate for smaller vehicles only).
Return to Silver City and head for the Gila’s other main attraction, the Catwalk National Recreation Trail. Whitewater Canyon was used by both Geronimo and Butch Cassidy’s gang as a hideout. The Catwalk got its name in 1890 from the narrow path built along a pipeline that supplied water to the mining town of Graham.
See the general store, mercantile, saloon and theater of Mogollon ghost town (this road also for small vehicles).
Very Large Array is comprised of 27 radio antennas spread over 22 miles that are able to detect extremely faint radio emissions from the distant stars. Visitor center informs guests about radio astronomy and the future of this science.
Socorro is home to San Miguel Mission, built in 1891 on the same site as the original mission from 1627. Visit the historic plaza, arrange a star party, have dinner at Socorro Springs Brewery.