These 12 Well Preserved Ghost Towns In New Mexico Are Frozen In Time

There are people who are willing to drive for three hours to stare at a small piece of crumbling wall because it’s all that remains of a particular ghost town. While it’s important to remember the past and the stories of those who have gone before us, some people want to see more than a plaque or the foundation of a building. If you fall into that category, you’ll love these 12 New Mexico ghost towns. It’s easy to imagine what each one was once like because they all have intact buildings. So read on to discover which New Mexico ghost towns truly appear frozen in time.

It can be tricky to decide what constitutes a ghost town. Does it still count if a handful of residents remain but most of the buildings are abandoned? For the purposes of this article, we’ve included such places because they tend to be better preserved.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

Have you been to any of these abandoned places?

To make ghost town exploration even simpler, we’ve compiled a ghost town road trip that connects several spots together into a convenient loop.