Soft adventure in Eastern New Mexico.

By Travel + Leisure
August 24, 2012

Still unassuming and authentic, this town in eastern New Mexico might just be the next Taos. Set in the foothills of the Pinos Altos Mountains, the copper mining community once was once home to outlaw Billy the Kid. Today, it draws artists to the cafes and galleries of its historic downtown, ringed by traversable wilderness.

Diane's Restaurant

In a homey, vintage storefront in downtown Silver City, Diane's Restaurant serves eclectic comfort-food dishes like soy-sesame roast duck and smothered meatloaf with garlic-mashed potatoes.

Boston Hill

Take a vigorous, steep-sloped mountain-bike ride through Boston Hill, a large park overlooking Silver City where trails weave through old silver-mining encampments and plunging ravines.

Gila Hike & Bike

Hike & Bike has one of the area’s better rental selections.

Bear Mountain Lodge

Occupying a renovated 1920s hacienda, the B&B-style hotel has hardwood floors, Mission-style furnishings, and convenient access to the adjacent Gila National Forest.