The Magical Mimbres Valley Tour

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This informative, self-guided driving tour of the Magical Mimbres Valley will begin at the intersection of Highway 61 (mile marker 0) and Highway 180 (mile marker 141), between Deming, New Mexico and Silver City, New Mexico, and take you to the popular Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.  Following this course along the Mimbres River, you pass through the small rural communities of Faywood (aka Dwyer), San Juan (aka Sherman), San Lorenzo, Mimbres and Lake Roberts.  We hope to point out things that are of interest to you along the way!  Much more detailed information about businesses and activities in the Valley can be found at our web site the Magical Mimbres

The name Mimbres comes from the Spanish word meaning “willow”.  Known history began here as early as 750 A.D. with the Mimbreno Indians, a branch of the prehistoric Mogollon culture.  The pottery these early people produced, with its finely-painted geometric and naturalist designs, is world famous today.  The peaceful Mimbrenos left the valley suddenly and mysteriously in the twelfth century A.D. The legacy of their abandoned villages and art work can still be found throughout the area.  By the sixteenth century, a new tribe of Indians, the nomadic Apache, were making camps by the Mimbres River.  In the late 1700s, numerous Spanish expeditions passed through the valley in pursuit of Apaches, and finding copper and silver deposits, used the valley as the Janos Trail to smelters in Mexico.  By the 1860s and 70s, Anglo and Hispanic settlers began homesteading the area.  Some small-scale mining began and communities were established.  Today, ranching, farming, apple orchards, vineyards, and tourism are the main activities in the valley.

This is Cattle Country!!  Lots of open grazing lands. Miles and miles of open spaces.  The first sight you will notice on your journey is the expansive ranges of open lands that local ranchers use for grazing beef cattle.  They are primarily cow/calf operations where the rancher has a herd of momma cows, several bulls, and each season they hope to get one calf per each cow.  The calves remain with their mothers for about 5-6 months.  At that time, the cowboys round up the cattle, sort the herd, separate the calves, brand and inoculate them, wean them for about 4-5 weeks, and then ship them off to feedlots.  These grazing lands are beautiful places and really green up after the winter runoffs in the spring time and the monsoon season that runs from about July 4th through September 15th.

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