In 1895 and 1902 the property (which had the ruins of a Mimbres Indian village) was flooded with about eight feet of top soil (the "Big Ditch - see bottom of this page" in Silver City formed at the same time). Now there is the former village underground as well as the ruins of another former village on top of a nearby hill. Some nice publications are here.
The view from the property (pine trees and sandstone cliffs)
Usually the sky is clear but when there are clouds they are often close (the property is at an elevation of 6350 feet). The gate opens to 3.3 million acres of the Gila National Forest which is handy for riding horses and hiking.
There were only two major snows the winter of 99-00. This was the view on December 25, 1999 after six inches of snow fell the night before.
The view of the property from up on the cliff
The view when entering Mimbres valley when driving from Silver City
A nice photo taken from a car
Some pretty nearby views
The weather here at 6350 feet in Southwest New Mexico is very nice.
Some friends met a weatherman from out East who did his
research and retired here because of the weather. This property
might have one of the best climates in the USA (or the world? -
see below) because of four primary reasons:
Historical weather data (1914 - 2005) a few miles away: Mimbres
information near Wilderness
Ranger District part of the Gila
National Forest by the National
From The Climate of New Mexico, State Planning
Office, 1973, p. 9-10:
If you enjoy viewing the stars the property has some of the darkest skies around. It is in the dark spot on this map that is between Phoenix, El Paso, and Albuquerque. The Milky Way is clearly visible most nights (nice video).
Here is the web page for a
nearby observatory. Engineers may like to read this older
(1995) page that includes the text "The equatorial fork mount
uses a main bearing from a 1965 3/4-Ton Ford Truck".
Non-engineers may like this page: Wind
The Continental Divide of the Americas is nearby.
Do you or someone you know suffer from immune or respiratory problems? Why not take advantage of the benefits of a healthy climate in addition to other treatments? Come spend time in the mountains, drink goat's milk, and... (you know the story).
Mimbres, New Mexico has a unique year-round enjoyable and healthy climate, beautiful scenery, is away from large cities and crowds, has some of the darkest skies around (see the Milky Way almost every night), and there is nearby big game hunting.
New! Space Port America - Southern New Mexico Itinerary - has many of the same links that are below. SpacePort America (Sierra, NM) is almost directly East of the property (see this - 110 miles, 2 hours 36 minutes driving time - not direct). More info hereLocal housing:
http://www.gilahot.com/ - a nice lodge!
http://www.gilahotspringsranch.com/ also see this and this (lots of broken links)
City of Rocks State Park, near Faywood, New Mexico.
In the same state
Cloudcroft and Alamogordo were favorite places!
Outside of the state
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson
Grand Canyon National Park. - has IMAX "Grand Canyon" movie nearby?
Holbrook, Arizona, home of the Petrified Forest National Park.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park, near Amarillo, Texas ("The Grand Canyon of Texas").
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Part of the Ozarks (at the bottom of the page) here: