Silver City now offers a full range of chain hotels, many with reasonable prices, so if you have a favorite, call their 800 number to see if it's represented. Most lodgings in town provide free parking.

Relax in History -- Set in a Queen Anne-style home dating from 1906, the CiƩnega Spa & Salon, 101 N. Cooper St. (tel. 575/534-1600;, offers a full range of treatments between bisque- and azure-colored walls. The place also serves as an art gallery, representing many local artists as well as pottery from the villagers of Mata Ortiz, Mexico.

Camping -- Silver City KOA (tel. 800/562-7623 or 575/388-3351; has 82 sites and 42 full hookups, and it offers groceries, laundry facilities, and a pool. The campground is 5 miles east of the NM 90/US 180 junction on US 180. Silver City RV Park (tel. 575/538-2239; has 48 sites (45 with full hookups), showers, laundry facilities, and picnic tables. It's downtown on Bennett Street, behind Food Basket supermarket. Camping is also available at the Gila Cliff Dwellings.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.