We Dare You To Take This Road Trip To New Mexico’s Most Abandoned Places

Derelict places are inherently intriguing, making us wonder about their history. There is no shortage of such spots in the Land of Enchantment. From ghost towns to abandoned forts and disused bridges, this road trip takes you on a journey through New Mexico’s past.

Since this route spans 949 miles and takes a little over 16 hours without stops, it’s a weekend getaway at the very least, and it would be best to space the drive over three or four days. Here is the map, which includes driving directions. Remember, you can start the loop at whatever point on the loop is nearest to you.

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Although the point of this drive is to visit abandoned places, you’ll need access to amenities along the way. The route passes through Socorro, Truth or Consequences, Silver City, Lordsburg, Deming, Las Cruces, Alamogordo, Cloudcroft, and Santa Rosa, where you can find restaurants and hotels or campgrounds. I’d recommend staying at one of the hot springs hotels in T or C, to soak away any sore muscles you might have from driving or hiking.

Also, if you’re in this area and interested in forgotten places, check out this drive through New Mexico’s ghost towns for some added inspiration.