Where is it?
Mogollon is just 9 miles from Glenwood... but those nine miles may take a scenic hour or more to cover, and should never be taken in the dark or in poor weather conditions. New Mexico Highway 159 may be closed above or below Mogollon in the winter, so check driving conditions beforehand in Glenwood. While paved as far as Mogollon, the road is frequently one lane and winds tightly through the mountains.
Glenwood is about an hour north of Silver City on Highway 180; the drive winds through the high desert of Grant and Catron Counties and includes a number of spectacular views. Close to Glenwood, bands of mountain bighorn sheep may sometimes be seen on the cliffs over the highway.
Part ghost town and part quiet retreat, Mogollon (pronounced "muggy - own") is a historic jewel perched in the Mogollon Mountains of southern Catron County, just north of Grant County.
Formed as a mining camp and later as a mining community, Mogollon's hills still bear witness to the heavy work of hard-rock mining underground: Mine shafts, rails for mine trains, sluices, abandoned buildings and the ruins of head frames still dot the landscape. Never attempt to enter mine ruins, shafts, buildings or other properties.
In Mogollon itself, historic buildings are still predominant along the half-mile stretch of Highway 159 that serves as the main — in fact, only — street. A small community museum is available at times, and offers an even better glimpse of the mining technology and perils of Mogollon's early days.
The pace of life in Mogollon today reflects its remoteness: Gasoline is available in Glenwood, and a full tank is recommended if you contemplate traveling north of Mogollon on unpaved Highway 159 into the Gila Wilderness.