Geronimo Trail Map

Overview

Visitors can drive along this scenic byway and participate in numerous recreational opportunities, along with visiting the historic sites of the Apaches and Geronimo – even soaking in the same hot mineral springs used by Geronimo and his warriors. Tour the byway and behold different views, from desert lakes to majestic, forested mountains. View the freedom and independence of the land that the Apache tribes, and Geronimo, loved so much.

154 miles / 247.8 km, San Lorenzo to Truth or Consequences to Beaverhead

Key Attractions

  • Biking – NM-152 along the byway is part of the southern Bike Centennial route across the United States – cycling endurance races are held on NM-152 across the Black Range over Emory Pass
  • Boating – Elephant Butte Lake – the Rio Grande Sailing Club and the Southwest Dragboat Association hold frequent tournaments and events, and there are two annual boat parades: the Fly Freedom’s Flag during the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and the Parade of Lights during the second Saturday in December
  • Camping – over 300 developed campsites exist along and surrounding the byway – located in Gila National Forest and the three surrounding New Mexico State Parks
  • Fishing – Caballo Lake, Elephant Butte Lake, the Rio Grande, and the small streams and tributaries surrounding make excellent fishing, particularly for Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Large and Small Mouth Bass, Channel Catfish, and Flathead Catfish
  • Golfing – 2 golf courses located right along the byway in Truth or Consequences’ Municipal Golf Course, and Sierra del Rio Golf Course at Turtleback Mountain Resort
  • Hiking – hundreds of different hiking trails along the byway, particularly the 22 miles along the Continental Divide Trail that runs through the Aldo Leopold Wilderness – accessible from Hwy 59 near Beaverhead or from the Rocky Canyon Campground near San Lorenzo
  • Bird-watching – Percha Dam State Park, home to the education event, Migration Sensation, every spring – over 337 bird species located in Gila
  • Visitor Center, 211 Main Street Truth or Consequences – visitors can learn about Geronimo and the history of the area of this byway
  • Museums:

Location

  • 150 miles south of Albuquerque, NM; 150 north of El Paso, TX
  • Located in the center of the southwest quadrant of the state of New Mexico
  • Driving the byway:
    • The byway starts in Truth or Consequences, NM – with two branches going north and south
    • The northern branch
      • From Third Street, at the only stoplight in town, turn right onto NM-51 and follow it to the junction with NM-179
      • Dam Site spur: continue on NM-51 to NM-177
      • Drive until you see the brown sign that says “Dam Site”
      • Return on NM-51 for two miles, to the junction of NM-179, and turn right toward the city of Elephant Butte (it is an additional two miles to reach the junction of NM-195)
      • Turn left to go the Elephant Butte State Park and the city of Elephant Butte – follow NM-195 northwest for four and a half miles until it intersects with NM-181
      • Turn right on NM-181 and cross under the I-25 overpass
      • Travel two and a half miles on NM-181, past the turnoff to the Municipal Airport
      • At the intersection of NM-52, turn left and travel away from the valley, toward the distant mountains – Cuchillo is six miles from the intersection and Winston is 28 miles
      • At the Winston Store, turn left on NM-52 and drive nine miles to the junction of NM-59, leading directly toward the mountains
      • Turn left on NM-59 and follow it for 31 miles to the Beaverhead Ranger Station, where there is a work station, rest area, and large parking lot
      • It takes about two and a half hours to drive from Truth or Consequences to Beaverhead, NM
    • The southern branch
      • Begin at the Geronimo Trail Interpretive Center and follow the main thoroughfare from the Interpretive Center through Truth or Consequences on Main Street and South Broadway to Williamsburg, approximately three miles
      • In Williamsburg, turn left onto NM-187 (the last intersection before entering the freeway)
      • Travel south on NM-187 for 14 miles, following the Rio Grande to the junction with NM-152
      • An RV park overlooking Caballo Lake is a the junction with NM-152 – turn right on NM-152 and continue to the towns of Hillsboro and Kinston
      • NM-152 beyond Kinston climbs up the eastern slope of the Black Range Mountains and tops out at Emory Pass
      • From Emory Pass, the road winds down to the small village of San Lorenzo – it is 53 miles from the turnoff near Caballo Lake to San Lorenzo
      • You may return across the Black Range to Truth or Consequences along the byway, or take a side trip on the Trail of the Mountain Spirits Scenic Byway

Other Information

  • View map
  • Web site
  • Gas and food are available from Hillsboro to San Lorenzo across NM-152 – gas and food are not available north of Winston on NM-52 for eight miles, and on NM-59 to Beaverhead for 31 miles
  • San Lorenzo, NM is where the Geronimo Trail Scenic Byway meets the Trail of the Mountain Spirits Scenic Byway
  • There is lodging, shopping, restrooms, and phones along this byway
  • Camping is available along this byway:
    • Gila National Forest
    • Caballo Lake State Park
    • Elephant Butte Lake State Park(This site is funded in part by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration.)