Lake Valley Historic Townsite

Lake Valley Brochure

The mining town of Lake Valley 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, silver mining has played out and all that remains is a ghost town. BLM has restored the schoolhouse and chapel. The restored schoolhouse provides a glimpse of what schooling in a rural area was like in the early 20th century. Other buildings in the town site have been stabilized to slow further deterioration. There also is a self-guided, interpretive walking tour.

Watchable wildlife, historic interpretation, hiking, and photography.

A toilet is located near the schoolhouse. Drinking water is available.

Location / Access
Go west of Caballo Lake on NM 152, then south on NM 27; or from NM 26 at the town of Nutt, travel north on NM 27 for about 12 miles.

Lake Valley   Lake Valley

Lake Valley Historic Townsite

Photo Gallery (Flickr)

Video (YouTube)

Interpretive Signs Hiking Watchable Wildlife Historic Site 


Open year-round. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

Recreation Guidelines
BLM Recreation Guidelines

BLM: Hatch
See Contact Information below to obtain maps or visit the Public Lands Information Center.

Contact Information
Las Cruces District Office
1800 Marquess Street
Las Cruces, NM  88005-3370