Everything You Need to Know About the Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway

Named after the famous Apache warrior, Geronimo himself, the Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway embodies the heart and soul of New Mexico. Spanning more than 150 miles of vast and beautiful wilderness, this historic byway offers adventure around every curve. If you’re up for a good road trip, this is one of the best ways to experience the authentic West. Here’s what you’ll discover along the way!

Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch is located just off the Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway. If you’re looking for recommendations about things to see and do during your visit, be sure to request your customized New Mexico Itinerary. It’s full of suggestions to help you enjoy the Land of Enchantment to the fullest!

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About the Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway

The Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway is separated into 3 sections: The Northern Route, The Rio Grande Route, and The Southern Route. You will travel the northern section of Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway on your drive out to the ranch. Before you go, make sure to print out driving directions to the ranch as well as a map of the byway. Along the way, you’ll pass deep canyons, historic desert towns, bubbling hot springs, and the lush ponderosas of The Gila National Forest. Keep an eye out for native wildlife. You’re likely to spot cattle, horses, bison, deer, elk, rabbits, or even roadrunners!

There is something for everyone along the Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway. History-buffs will love exploring the old mining towns and incredible architecture in Truth or Consequences. Nature-lovers will delight in the abundance of scenic hiking trails and bicycling routes. If you’re interested in fishing or water sports, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for both at Elephant Butte Lake or Caballo Lake State Parks. Read on to discover some of our favorite places to stop along the way! 

Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway: Main Points of Interest

Truth or Consequences:

This small resort town is one of the best-kept secrets in Southwest New Mexico! Truth or Consequences offers boundless cultural, historic, and recreational opportunities for visitors. While you’re there, make sure to check out the town’s famous mineral hot springs. There are several amazing spas here, but Riverbend Hot Springs is one of our top recommendations. It’s the only open-air bath in town and offers stunning mountain views. A day or two spent winding down and soaking in the natural hot springs is a great way to relieve any sore muscles from riding after a stay at the ranch! And when you take advantage of the Riverbend Hot Springs Resort Special, you can even save 10% on overnight lodging at Riverbend Hot Springs!

Elephant Butte:

Elephant Butte is home to the largest lake in New Mexico! The city was named after the ancient volcanic island that sits in the lake, which resembles an elephant’s head. It’s one of New Mexico’s most popular areas for swimming, fishing, sailing, boating, and hiking. The mild climate makes this a year-round destination for outdoor recreation, and there is always something on the city’s event calendar. 


Located at the gateway to Caballo Lake and the Percha Dam State Park, this village draws outdoor enthusiasts from near and far. Enjoy fishing, windsurfing, boating, and picnicking at the lake, or explore miles of hiking trails. Percha Dam State Park is also one of the top 5 birding sites in New Mexico. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars!


The community of Cuchillo was established in the 1850s. It’s location between the railroad center at Engle and local mining camps made it a prime stop for the stagecoach line. The historic bar, which was once a stagecoach stop, is still in business and it’s definitely worth a visit. Make sure to stop in and check it out!


Established during the early 1880s, Winston is now a ranching community with a general store, post office, cafe, and bar. Here, you’ll see several historic buildings and open-range cattle roaming the land.


Listed on the New Mexico Office of Cultural Affairs’ list of Historic Places, the Pioneer Store in Chloride is a must-see. Take a step back in time at the museum and learn about Apache attacks, saloon brawls, and the Silver Panic of 1893. Buildings from the 1880s are still standing on these deserted streets. After you visit the museum, head next door to the old Monte Cristo Saloon & Dance Hall. It’s now a charming gallery and gift shop. 

The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail:

Part of the Continental Divide Trail crosses over Rt. 59 about a half hour before you get to Beaverhead. The trail offers a challenging hike and spectacular vistas of the Gila National Forest. Enjoy the views!


When the pavement runs out, you’ve reached Beaverhead. Located at the entrance of the Aldo Leopold Wilderness, this forest service camp is a favorite area for hiking or mountain biking.   

Book Your Stay at Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch

When it comes to the best lodging options near the Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway, look no further than Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch. Situated in the heart of The Gila National Forest, our ranch is located near all of these amazing attractions. Spend a day or two driving and exploring either before or after your stay with us! 

During your stay at our authentic New Mexico guest ranch, you can expect endless adventure and a customized experience. We offer four cabins and can accommodate a maximum of 12-16 guests, offering a relaxed and personal atmosphere. Enjoy three delicious, homestyle meals each day of your stay, as well as unlimited horseback riding and hiking! After a day of adventure, gather around the campfire beneath a blanket of twinkling stars. You may come as a guest, but you’ll leave as part of the Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch family. Are you ready for the Western vacation of a lifetime? Check out our current special offers and book your 2020 stay. We can’t wait to welcome you!