So how do you pronounce Mogollon? Well, the proper Spanish pronunciation is moh-goh-YOHN, but the locals say muggy-YOHN. However you say it, the ghost town of Mogollon, New Mexico, is a special place.
You’ll travel about the same distance (225 miles) from Albuquerque, NM; El Paso, TX; and Tucson, AZ, to get here. The town is nestled high in the Mogollon Mountains at an elevation of 6,800 feet surrounded by the Gila National Forest [see map]. Founded in 1876, Mogollon was named for Don Juan Ignacio Flores Mogollon, governor of the province of New Mexico in the 1700’s. Once a thriving mining town (1876-1942) for silver, copper, and gold, it was home to an estimated 2,000 people. The mines came to a close in 1942.
Our area, which is rich in history and natural features, has a lot to offer. Enjoy shopping, dining, and visiting our many preserved storefronts: Payload Antiques, Mogollon Artisans Gallery, Mogollon Theater [pictured above], and the Purple Onion Café. And don’t forget to visit the unique Mogollon Museum and Mogollon Church. Whatever your interest, the town of Mogollon will hold something special for you.
DUE TO THE EXTENSIVE FLOODING SEPT 14, 2013 the entire town will be CLOSED TO VISITORS for the 2014 SEASON. We are working to restore buildings and reopen for 2015. Please check back for updates.
Until then, please read through our pages to learn more about our town. HOPE TO SEE YOU in 2015!
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