Silver City = A Top 100 Community!
Silver City is ranked as a Top 100 Community! And, along with other communities in Grant County consistently ranked among the very "Best Places" to live, work and retire. As the former Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce and someone intimately involved in these communities, I'd love to show you the perfect spot for you and your family in sunny southwestern New Mexico!
- ROOM WITH A VIEW At the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument in New Mexico — Los Angeles Times, December 12, 2008. In Southwestern New Mexico, more than 750,000 acres of unspoiled terrain form the heart of the Gila National Forest — 3.3 million acres of publicly owned forest and range land. Read more!
- Gila Wilderness in southwestern New Mexico is the untamed West — Los Angeles Times, September 12, 2008. Like thousands of travelers who visit the wilderness annually, I had come to see the hardscrabble patch of New Mexico that became the model for every protected wilderness in the country. I came to explore the same rocky trails cut by the Apache warrior Geronimo, homesteaders and gun-packing fugitives. But most of all, I wanted to see whether America's first wilderness area -- protected 84 years ago from roads, cars and other modern intrusions -- was still as pristine and untamed as Leopold had intended. Read more!
- 50 Best Places to Live: The Next Great Adventure Towns — National Geograpgic Adventure Magazine, September, 2008. Quaint, friendly, and affordable, southwestern New Mexico’s Silver City is what Santa Fe was before trustafarians took over. Hike or bike seven miles of rocky trails in the rolling Boston Hills, a reclaimed historic mining area overlooking town. Or hook up with the nearby Continental Divide Trail ascending the Pinos Altos Mountains in 3.3-million-acre Gila National Forest. Read more!
- Bordering a wilderness area, historic mining town mixes rustic settings with strong community spirit —
Where to Retire, December, 2007. Combine a gentle high-desert climate, intense natural beauty where solitude and wilderness reign and an average of 300 sunny days a year, throw in a low-key, infomal vibe and Old West charm, and what do you get? Silver City, NM: an off-the-beaten path town boasting vast scenic splendor and a burgeoning arts scene.
- America's Top Ten Bargain Towns for Boomers — 55-Alive! Dark, billowing clouds that cover Silver City on summer afternoons cast ominous shadows across the mountains and plains, presenting a variety of multi-hued colors in the evening's brilliant sunset. More than three million acres of the Gila wilderness awaits the hiker, mountain biker, camper, or wildlife observer, and plenty of lakes are strewn about the gorgeous desert terrain. The landscape draws people here, but its low property taxes, attractive housing costs, a state-of-the-art health center, and top-notch university keep them here... Read this article!
- Dozen Distinctive Destinations — National Trust for Historic Preservation. Once an Apache Indian campsite, later the boyhood home of the notorious gunslinger Billy the Kid, and more recently a silver and copper mining boom town, Silver City, N.Mex. (pop. 12,500) is as strikingly beautiful as it is historic... Read this article!
- Ten Coolest Towns — Budget Travel Magazine, September 2007. A little bit hip and a little bit homey, these up-and-coming towns guarantee a fun detour on your next road trip. You'll be browsing the local real estate pages before you know it. Read this article!
- Blending comfort and conservation — Houston Chronicle, August 14, 2007. SILVER CITY, N.M. — I am sitting in a big, comfy Adirondack chair on the veranda of a 1928 hacienda-style lodge looking out at a grassy savannah dotted with young pinion pines, junipers and oaks. Deep green mountains dominate the near distance. A far-off dog barks, the wind sighs, a titmouse calls. At dusk, freeloading mule deer will turn up, as if on cue, to help themselves to a snack from the many bird feeders around the lodge. A few hours later, a bright, full moon will rise. Read this article!
- The Real New Mexico Experience — New York Times, January 13, 2006. "People who live in Silver City like to say that their town of 10,000 offers 'the real New Mexico experience.' Perched on the edge of the Gila National Forest in a high-desert wonderland of ponderosas, deep gorges and red-rock mesas, Silver City is a bit rough around the edges... but that's the way the locals like it." Read this article!
- From mining bust to tourist boom, Silver City celebrates 20 years of New Mexico MainStreet
" ... As New Mexico’s longest-running MainStreet community, today’s Silver City is a colorful, bustling burgh that Outside magazine declared one of its 20 “Dream Towns.” Read more!
- Top Public Hunting Areas — Outdoor Life Magazine; September 2005. "Top Public Hunting Areas: The Gila and Cibola national forests of Catron and Grant counties (as well as the adjacent Apache-Sitgreaves national forest in Arizona) are legendary for large mule deer."
- A Mountain Hideaway in the Land of Enchantment — SW Aviator Magazine; January 2005. "... Silver City is an undiscovered, civilized hideaway situated on the outskirts of the vast Gila Wilderness... Plan a lot of time for your visit ... (otherwise) you will regret you didn't stay longer." Read More