Lake Valley Back Country Byway

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Lake Valley Back Country Byway

New Mexico

(505) 525-4300

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Overview

A meandering 48-mile drive on paved roads takes visitors through ranching and mining country and past the ruins of the 1880s mining town of Lake Valley. The Lake Valley Townsite was founded in 1878 after silver was discovered. Almost overnight the small frontier town blossomed into a major settlement with a population of 4,000 people. Today, the silver has played out and all that remains is a ghost town. The Bureau of Land Management has restored the school house and chapel which stand along side numerous other historic homes and mining structures.

The Lake Valley Backcountry Byway is nestled between the Mimbres and Caballo Mountains and the Cooke's Range in southwestern New Mexico. This drive offers spectacular scenic views throughout its journey. Rich in history and scenery, the Byway offers an outstanding trip for travelers with an hour to spare. There is abundant wildlife to spot along the way, as well as many scenic picnic spots to visit. There are picnic tables in available in some areas. Drivers should start their journey off prepared, as there are no restroom or concessional facilities along the Lake Valley Backcountry Byway. The Byway is open year-round and there are no associated fees for use.

Map of Lake Valley Back Country Byway

Latitude, Longitude: 32.716244, -107.567825

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Activities

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    The Lake Valley Backcountry Byway is nestled between the Mimbres and Caballo Mountains and the Cooke's Range in southwestern New Mexico. This drive offers spectacular scenic views throughout its journey.

  • Historic Sites

    Rich in history and scenery, the Byway offers an outstanding trip for travelers with an hour to spare. Visitors drive through many historical sites, such as Lake Valley Townsite that was a major settlement when silver was discovered and became a ghost town once it was all mined out.

  • Picnicking

    There are scenic picnicking spots along the Byway's route.

Directions

Driving

The byways is west of Caballo Lake via NM 152 & 27 or north from State highway NM-26 to Nutt, NM and north on NM-27 for a total of 47 miles .

Phone Numbers

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(505) 525-4300

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