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Geronimo Trail National Scenic Byway-Monticello

Posted March 17, 2015

Monticello is laid out in traditional Spanish style, with a church, stores and businesses surrounding a central plaza.  The outer walls of the perimeter buildings were thick adobe with gunsight holes for defense and the remains of the old adobe town walls are still visible.  Today the land supports organic farming and the plaza is a small community park.  San Ignacio Catholic Mission, built in 1867, still stands on the north side and is used regularly. 


Geronimo Trail National Scenic Byway-Cuchillo

Posted March 16, 2015

Cuchillo, named for nearby Cuchillo Negro (Black Knife) Creek, which in turn took its name from a local Apache chief, was settled by Hispanic famers and ranchers in the 1850s.  It became a stop for the stagecoach line and a resting place for travelers in the late 1800s, being mid-way between the railroad in Engle and the mines near Chloride and Winston.


Geronimo Trail National Scenic Byway- Chloride

Posted March 14, 2015

Geronimo Trail National Scenic Byway- Chloride

Chloride was founded in 1879 when silver chloride ore was discovered; at its height Chloride was home to 3,000 residents. Like other silver-producing towns in the region, it was wiped out during the silver panic of 1893. Today, the old buildings are being restored and the Pioneer Store is now a world-class museum listed on the New Mexico Office of Cultural Affairs' list of Historic Places. The Monte Cristo Saloon & Dance hall, next door to the Museum, now a beautiful gallery and gift store.

Geronimo Trail National Scenic Byway- Monticello Box & Ojo Caliente

Posted March 10, 2015

A side trip, about 9 miles north of the junction of NM 59 on NM 52, brings you to the site of the army camp for the Warm Springs Apache Reservation and the location where Geronimo was captured in 1877.  Located on private property, the site is visible from the dirt road where you can view the cut in the hill which is Monticello Box Canyon.  There are a few remains of the old fort.  High clearance vehicles are recommended.  Please respect No Trespassing signs.


Geronimo Trail National Scenic Byway-Winston

Posted March 9, 2015

The Winston Historic District's old houses, stores, and buildings date from the boom days of late 1800s silver mines.  At its height the town had a population of about 1,500.  This area, once home to Warm Spring Apaches, is now used for cattle grazing.  Open range cattle are often seen walking on the road.  A Community Fiesta with a parade, barbecue, flea market, cow-chip poker and a dance is held yearly in June.


Geronimo Trail National Scenic Byway-Continental Divide

Posted March 8, 2015

Geronimo Trail National Scenic Byway: Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDNST), a side trip, crosses Rt. 59 near Beaverhead and cuts across the center ridge line of the Aldo Leopold Wilderness then into the Gila National Forest. The wild landscape with deep canyons, tree covered peaks and spectacular vista points offer a rich and unique experience in nature. The area abounds with deer, elk, wild turkey, and birds plus mountain vegetation.


Geronimo Trail National Scenic Byway

Posted March 7, 2015

Geronimo Trail National Scenic Byway...From mountain forests to dry desert, scrub-dotted hills and the largest lakes in New Mexico...Take this tour to see the beauty and magic...starting with Beaverhead..a forest service administrative site, is the end of pavement for the Black Range entrance to the Aldo Leopold Wilderness, part of the 3 million acre Gila National Forest. Motorized vehicles are not allowed in the Wilderness area but from here you can explore on foot, horseback or mountain bike. No camping is allowed in the administrative site but when the office is staffed, information on facilities is available. Outdoor bathrooms are available year-round.


Hot Mineral Springs in T or C: Fire Water Lodge

Posted March 2, 2015

Built in the early '20's, this bed & breakfast is decorated in the Santa Fe style, with handmade furnishings and saltillo tile floors.  The serene courtyeard and gardens are just steps away from shops & restaurants.  All lodgers soak for free, and three of the five guest rooms contain their own hot mineral baths.


Hot Mineral Springs in T or C: Charles Motel & Spa

Posted March 1, 2015


A World War II-era health spa, the Charles was built specifically as a healing center.  Services include indoor and outdoor mineral baths and jacuzzis, sweat wraps, and a variety of massage therapies.  Travelers on a budget love the apartment-style rooms.



Geronimo Springs Museum

Posted February 28, 2015

Geronimo Springs Museum is located in downtown Truth or Consequences adjacent to the beautiful Las Palomas Plaza at Geronimo Springs, an historic site where Native Americans and early cowboys came to rest and bathe in the hot mineral water.  This artist-created ceramic fountain with flowing hot mineral water depicts the mountains and history of Sierra County.

Check them out at: http://geronimospringsmuseum.com/


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