Keeping New Mexico History Alive
Intersection of NM State Routes 12 and 435.
From the west, take scenic Route 180. Route 180 winds out of the Arizona White Mountains through Alpine and turns east into New Mexico in the beautiful Gila National Forest. If you are coming north on Route 180 from Silver City, you will travel along the paths of history. Turn east on Route 12 approx 10 miles to Reserve.
From the east, take Highway 60 from Socorro. Stop and visit in historic Magdalena. Don't miss a slice of pie in Pie Town, NM. Enjoy the view of the VLA (Very Large Array), the premier astronomical radio observatory. You will see antelope running on the San Augustin plains. Take Route 12 southwest from Hwy 60 approx 70 miles to Reserve.
Imagine young Elfego, riding in a buckboard the 120 miles from Socorro to Frisco (now Reserve) to face the unknown. He rode for 3 days in chilly October to meet his destiny.
Watch for deer and elk if you are driving in the early morning or evening.
Elfego Baca Project