Scenic Byways

The Geronimo Trail National Scenic Byway

This trail was designated as a New Mexico Byway in 1995, and gained National Byway status in 2005. It ties together Sierra County’s many charming rural locales (including many old mining towns) and offers sweeping panoramas, breathtaking vistas, and intimate corners of beauty.

The majority of the route is unspoiled—quiet, pristine, and teeming with wildlife and flowers, depending on the season.

Nearly every town in Sierra County is situated along the Scenic Byway: Elephant ButteTruth or Consequences, Hillsboro, KingstonCuchilloChloride, and Winston. Museums along the trail include Geronimo Springs Museum, Black Range Museum, and the Pioneer Store Museum.

The trail’s eastern / center leg runs more or less parallel with the Jornada del Muerto (Journey of the Dead Man)—the roughest and deadliest part of the historic Camino Real.

The Byway rises to about 6000 feet in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness, and to more than 8,200 feet in the Black Range Mountains. Emory Pass Vista in the Black Range Scenic Area reveals a magnificent view to the east for more than 40 miles.

moonrise over the gila from the continental divide
photo: Catherine Wanek

The Lake Valley Backcountry Byway

Caballo Lake and Lake Valley are part of the Lake Valley Back Country Byway, which intersects the Geronimo Trail National Scenic Byway in Hillsboro.

To traverse the Lake Valley Backcountry Byway, begin at Caballo Lake on old Highway 187.

Drive 17 miles west on NM 152 to Hillsboro, then turn south on NM 27 to Lake Valley, and continue through the beautiful grasslands to Nutt (on Highway 26).

Informational kiosks are located on NM State Highway 27 in the Lake Valley area and on NM State Highway 152 about 8 miles east of Hillsboro.