Southwest New Mexico is a great place to explore! Centered on the Continental Divide, Pinos Altos just 7 miles north of Silver City, provides an array of opportunities for exploring the the mountains and the high desert ecosystems, local arts and crafts and ethnic cultures unique to the area. Silver City was named one of "20 Dream Towns" by Outside Magazine. Other publications have recognized it as one of the "Hundred Best Small Art Towns", "Top Retirement Spots", and "100 Best Small Towns". At an elevation of 7,000 feet, Pinos Altos enjoys four gentle seasons and offers outstanding hiking, biking, riding and birding.
Where to Dine Out:
Pinos Altos: http://www.pinosaltos.org/
Buckhorn Saloon & Opera House: 538-9911 for dinner reservations. Open every evening except Sunday.
Curious Kumquat: 534-0337
Diane's Bakery & Cafe: 538-8722 & 534-9229
Shevek & CO: 534-9168
Tre Rosat: 575-654-4919
Vicki's Eatery: 388-5430
1 zero 6 : 575-313-4418 Little Toad on the Corner: 575-956-6144
New Mexican Fare:
Jalisco Cafe 388-2060
Kountry Kitchen 388-4512
Mi Casita 538-5533
Nancy's Silver Cafe 388-3480
Wrangler's Bar & Grill: 538-4387
Q's Southern Bistro 534-4401
Golden Star Chinese Fast Food
Asian Buffet: : 388-0777
NOTE: There was a great article in the New York Times: http://travel.nytimes.com/2013/09/22/travel/looking-for-big-flavors-in-a-small-new-mexico-town.html
Silver City Food Coop
520 North Bullard Street, Silver City, NM
Open daily including Sundays
1956 Highway 180, Silver City, NM
Food Basket: 3130 Hwy 180 East, Silver City
2501 Highway 180 E, Silver City, NM
A few online resources to help plan your stay (left click to go to site):
Mimbres Region Arts Council: Check out events and festivals with the Mimbres Region Arts Council Calendar: http://mimbresarts.org/calendar/
Gila Hike & Bike a great place to get info about hikes and to buy books such as Trails of the Gila, Falcon Guide: Hiking NM; The Continental Trail book and many more.
JW Art Gallery : A beautiful gallery about 25 minutes away and really worth visiting!
99 Cortez Avenue, Hurley, New Mexico
Gallery Hours: 9:00 - 5:00 Wed/Fri 10:00 - 5:00 Sat/Sun 575-537-0300
Little Toad Creek Inn and Tavern: A beautiful drive and lovely place to eat brunch on the way to the Gila Cliff Dwellings and the hot springs on the Gila river.
Wildwood Hotsprings Retreat: Near the Gila Cliff Dwellings, a fun day trip.
Gila Backcountry Services: For camping and packing into the wilderness. Call 575 536-2213 or link to http://www.gilabackcountryservices.com/
Faywood Hot Springs: a rustic natural geothermal resort in southwestern New Mexico near Silver City
Other sites to check out:
Town of Pinos Altos
Silver City Chamber of Commerce
Southwest New Mexico Green Chamber
SWNM Audubon Society
City of Rocks State Park
Gila Cliff Dwellings
Gila National Forest
Tour of the Gila International Bike Race
Catwalk in Glenwood