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Abandoned Mining Town

Going to a ghost town was on my bucket list when visiting NM. Kelly was the closest to where we... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Julie C
Rochester, New York
Good Urbex Spot

There's not a lot left to this old town but enough left to make it interesting. You can drive... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2018
Timothy L
East Falmouth
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Going to a ghost town was on my bucket list when visiting NM. Kelly was the closest to where we were staying, so that's where we went. We were the only people there to my surprise. (Town population of 2.) There are some ruins of...More

Thank Julie C
Reviewed 24 October 2018

There's not a lot left to this old town but enough left to make it interesting. You can drive almost the entire way but eventually the road gets too rough thanks to washouts and you will have to walk about 5 minutes to complete your...More

Thank Timothy L
Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

Went here to explore the ghost town and mine. Was a nice drive but eventually it looked to bumpy for the rental car so we got out and took a short walk. Had nice views. Worth exploring for an hour.

Thank Weims319
Reviewed 11 October 2018

This was more fun than I expected. But I must say that I love looking at scenery. By the time we got to the Kelly church, I was in love with that back road. You're smack dab up against a low mountain range in a...More

Thank poisonlady
Reviewed 25 May 2018

There is a sign pointing to a fork in the road that seems like you would get to more of the ghost town but the road was rough and I got tired of it after a bit and turned around. I might have missed something!...More

Thank Hobnob_Hobo
Reviewed 13 March 2018

I stopped in Magdalena at a little Information Center and got a great history lesson from the fellow there. My first helpful hint (like Jennifer's) is always stop at a Visitor Center first wherever you are going. Your next stop should be the Kelly Church...More

1  Thank GypsyBreeze
Reviewed 4 January 2017

I have two helpful hints for Magdalena and Kelly Town. #1 Stop at the Visitor Center / Marketplace in Magdalena for some very helpful information about Kelly including an old plat and some beautiful examples of what was mined there. #2 Getting to Kelly Town...More

5  Thank Jennifer30308
Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Every time we have out of town visitors, we take them to the Kelly Mine. It's a short, little trip that doesn't take much time, but it is quite interesting and worth the drive. Kelly was a booming mining town at one time, and you...More

2  Thank Melissa E
Reviewed 17 October 2016

We recently visited the Kelly, NM area with our 8 year old niece who loved to hunt for rocks. We hunted for rocks at the Graphic and Nitt mines and drove up to Kelly to look around. If you are interested in looking for interesting...More

2  Thank Laura H
Reviewed 18 July 2016

For rockhounds and history buffs alike, Kelly Mine is a decent stop if you're in the area. We spent two days taking pictures and digging around in the mine tailings and between my family and myself had my Kia Soul nearly dragging its rear end...More

2  Thank TerryJ1972
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