...the ghost town that refuses to die.
2018 SEASON OPENS:
Saturday, May 19th through
*Main Road Construction & Weather Permitting
Saturdays & Sundays
(and Monday Holidays)
CAFE: 9 am - 5 pm
MUSEUM & SHOPS: 10 am - 5 pm
To get here, you'll travel about the same distance
(225 miles) from Albuquerque, NM; El Paso, TX;
and Tucson, AZ.
View from overlook hiking back fromMogollon Cemetery.WELCOME TO MOGOLLON ENTERPRISES
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.
Founded in 1876, Mogollon was named for Don Juan Ignacio Flores Mogollon, governor of the province of New Mexico in the 1700's. The town is nestled high in the Mogollon Mountains in the isolated Silver Creek canyon at an elevation of 6,800 feet surrounded by the Gila National Forest. The trip has breathtakingly spectacular views across the San Franciso valley. Located on Hwy 180, also called Bursum road after the man who built it with convict labor.
Welcome sign at Hwy 180 andBursum Rd (159)
Trailings from the Old Fannie Minepictured in 2004.Once a thriving mining town (1876-1942) for silver, copper, and gold, it was home to an estimated 2,000 people. The gold and silver deposits of the Fannie mine were one of the richest in the USA at that time. The mines came to a close in 1942. A painted clock on a rock face commemorates the end of the last shift that was employed at the mine during WWII (that caused its closure).
Visible at the spot where you turn into Mogollon on NM159 after an 8.5 mile climb.
Our area, which is rich in history and natural features, has a lot to offer. Enjoy hiking the Gila Wilderness trails, dining at the Purple Onion Café, shopping at the Old Kelly Store & Visitor's Center, stopping in at our Mogollon Cemetery Archives building, Mogollon Museum, and visiting our Mogollon Theater, Mogollon Church and Mogollon Cemetery.
Whatever your interest, the town of Mogollon
will hold something special for you.
We look forward to seeing you this season!
Photo credits: (background photo left) Mogollon circa 1910-1912 courtesy Katie Morgan.
Remaining photos courtesy of Mogollon Enterprises.