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MagdalenaUnited States of America

Surrounded by towering mountains, this colorful town is known for its thriving art scene, eclectic festivals and eerie mining ghost town.

The village of Magdalena is an artistic hub with a Spanish-colonial past. Its name derives from the image of a lady’s face that Spanish soldiers saw in the mountain overlooking the town. Peruse the intriguing works of art on display at the various galleries as you explore Magdalena.

Stroll through the quaint neighborhoods to gain a sense of the local culture and to gaze up at the Lady on the Mountain rock formation that looms over the village. Browse through mineral and rock shops that showcase the diverse stones of the area.

Look at works of art by local artists in the many galleries and shops around the commune’s center. The annual festival of the Lady Magdalen Art Walk encapsulates the town’s creative flair. Attend the intriguing Old Timer’s Reunion in July, when locals exchange traditional stories and food.

The ghost town of Kelly is one of the eeriest attractions in the region. The town, which was set up in the gold rush period at the end of the 19th century, has been abandoned since 1945. Wander through the desolate village to see the ruins of the zinc mine and derelict buildings.

Several natural parks with picturesque terrain surround the town. Explore the Cibola National Forest on the northwestern outskirts of Magdalena for its grasslands and rocky peaks. The array of wildlife here includes bears, mountain lions and birds of prey. Hike along the paths that wind through the scenic areas of this enormous park.

Other picturesque areas include the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge and the Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, which has sprawling fields and scenic water networks.

Magdalena is located in Socorro County in central New Mexico. Fly to the Albuquerque International Airport and drive south for 100 miles (160 kilometers) to get to Magdalena. Nearby towns include Truth or Consequences and Alamogordo. Anticipate hot summer days and cool nights from June to August, while winters see mild to cool temperatures in the afternoon and freezing evenings with snowfall.

Top Hotels in Magdalena

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Casa Del Sol; Casita on Glass Artists Property
Casa Del Sol; Casita on Glass Artists Property
Magdalena, NM
The price is $95 per night

Situated in Magdalena, this guesthouse is within 32 mi (52 km) of NRAO Very Large Array, San Miguel Mission, and New Mexico Tech Mineral Museum. Sedillo Park ...

5/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)
Casita del Sol 💕

"There's a zen like tranquility as soon as you set foot on Casita del Sol. Your eyes soaking up the mountains and desert brush, taking in the unique colors and designs that make Gwen's property feel like a home away from home. In the evening, take time to watch the sunset streaking the sky and then ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2020

Casa Del Sol; Casita on Glass Artists Property
Casa Encantada,
Casa Encantada,
Magdalena, NM
The price is $115 per night

Situated in Magdalena, this vacation home is within 32 mi (52 km) of NRAO Very Large Array, San Miguel Mission, and New Mexico Tech Mineral Museum. Sedillo Park ...

5/5Exceptional! (20 reviews)
Casa Encantada

"Casa encantada perfectly describes this little hidden gem. Gwen was a fantastic host and her place is immaculate and perfectly pictured and described. We hope to visit longer next time!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2020

Casa Encantada,
Best Western Socorro Hotel & Suites
Best Western Socorro Hotel & Suites
2.5 out of 5
1100 N California St, Socorro, NM
The price is $94 per night

Situated in Socorro, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Sedillo Park, New Mexico Tech Mineral Museum, and New Mexico Tech Golf Course. San Miguel Mission is ...

4.1/5Very Good! (422 reviews)

"Good location, clean. During this China virus they are spreading people out so you have very little contact with others."…"

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020

Best Western Socorro Hotel & Suites

Popular places to visit in Magdalena

NRAO Very Large Array
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NRAO Very Large Array

You can spend time exploring the galleries in NRAO Very Large Array during your travels in Magdalena. Discover the area's museums and monuments.

Bosque del Apache
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Bosque del Apache

5/5(12 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Bosque del Apache, a lovely green space in Socorro. Take in the museums while you're in the area.

El Malpais National Conservation Area
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El Malpais National Conservation Area

5/5(12 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at El Malpais National Conservation Area, a lovely green space in Grants. Discover the area's volcano viewpoints and waterfalls.

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