There are many ghost towns in New Mexico. We usually don’t go out of our way to see them, but on two occasions we did just because we ran out of things to do and see!!!
While we were in Glenwood and hiked The Cat Walk, we turned right and headed up into the foothills of the Mogollon Mountains to the town of Mogollon. Mogollon is an old mining town that was, like most towns, booming in every way until the ore ran out. Then people moved on leaving behind buildings and stuff. In the case of Mogollon, people have come in and bought up those buildings and land for personal use. So Mogollon does have a very small populationtoday.
The road to the town was steep, windy, and narrow. It can also be snowed in and icy during the winter. As it wound up into the mountain we saw ranches on the plateau’s and valley floors. Horses and cows roamed where they wanted to! At one point, the old mine was visible and we snapped some photo’s but the photo’s don’t show the ruggedness and beauty of the mine.
Once we dropped down into the town, we saw the remains of a time past. Partial buildings, a sluice box, pipe and old rusted tin cans. The town itself had some renovated buildings like the hotel, church and homes. Doors set into the mountain side made us think they were used to keep things cold.
Dale got out to take a photo and one of the residents came out and they chatted awhile. He gave us some history of the place but was more interest in telling us about his passion – Russia. It was a very interesting visit all the way around. I am glad we went.
The next ghost town we visited was Mangas. We took a drive on the dirt roads behind our camp at Quemoda Lake. We came to a sign that said the town was 8 miles away. After about 20 miles on dirt we were beginning to wonder where the heck it was. We finally came upon some old adobe buildings on the frontage of personal property. Then around a bend and more old dilapidated adobe buildings on both sides of the road. We got out and took pictures but were not able to snoop around the buildings because of the “Keep Out” signs. These building were also privately owned. We continued down the dirt road until we met Hwy 60. We made a loop through Omega and Quemado where we stopped for dinner. The thing that confused us about this town was the signs on Hwy 60 and the back road we took that told us the name of the town (Mangas) and the mileage to get there when there was no sign telling us we had arrived in Mangas. LOL