History is something we all have but none of us own. That becomes clear the first time you set foot in the Old Cuchillo Bar & Store Property. The historic property was located midway between the mines in Chloride, NM and the Railroad at Engle, NM, the property has served the community for over 150 years and housed many things, including a hotel, general store, saloon, post office, mercantile, barns and stables, and stagecoach repair shop. Cuchillo, New Mexico was named for the local Warm Springs Tchihende Apache Chief Baishan, the town was established by Mexican ranchers and farmers in the early 1800s and peaked between 1880 and 1930.
Although a century and a half has passed, time had a way of slowing at the Old Cuchillo Bar property – if not completely stopping and holding onto periods of it’s past lives. Through out the properties available for overnight stays and tours, are many of the original historic adobe buildings that remain as they did a over a century ago. The Old Cuchillo Bar property allows guests to visit a time’s past that bore New Mexico’s Wild West history. Walk the old stagecoach road that winds through the hills that once stopped behind the old 2 story adobe barn and stables to bring freight to the area. Take a seat at the old saloon which looks like it did 100+ years ago, Explore the old game room, mercantile, general store, and post office which suffered an severe fire in it’s past. Relax in the shaded courtyard surrounded with fig and pear trees that sit across from the original old adobe hotel, that later became the residence for bar owner.
Historic Wild West Ghost Towns
Cuchillo is only one of many ghost towns spread through out Sierra County, NM. ~ Chloride, Winston, Monticello, Lake Valley, Hillsboro, Kingston, Chise and Engle all hold stories of New Mexico’s Wild West history. Many of these are living ghost towns left with only a few residents and some of the original families that settled the area. Guided tours of the historic ghost towns are available.
A Recreational Oasis in the Desert
Lakes, rivers, hot springs, deserts, and mountains all close by. Fishing and Boating in Elephant Butte or floating down the Rio Grande River are easy ways to cool yourself off or jump into the hot springs in Truth or Consequences to warm your bones. Wander the desert aimlessly and enjoy the solitude or escape to the mountains and be one with nature.
Unbelievable Beauty All Around
Experience the beauty that is truly New Mexico. Leave the clutter of the city behind and explore the wide open space only interrupted with surreal clouds and alien landscapes. The scenery is often a muted palette that only springs to verdant life when the summer monsoons fall. Guided photo tours of the area are available.
The Wild West Wilderness
Cuchillo is located on Geronimo’s Trail Scenic Byway and in addition to it’s close proximity to several huge National Forests, two of the largest and most beautiful wilderness areas in the United States are also located in Sierra County. The Gila National Wilderness and The Aldo Leopold Wilderness, which was the world’s first wilderness area, all provide thousands of acres to mountain bike, rock climb, or simply explore.
Truth or Consequences Hot Springs
Only 12 miles from Cuchillo and located atop an active bed of geo-thermal activity the quirky town of Truth or Consequences has amazing hot springs. The Downtown Hot Water District has several private bath houses with access to the hot springs. Riverbend Hot Springs allows you to soak right on the banks of the Rio Grande. ‘T or C’ (as the locals say) was formerly known as Hot Springs, NM – The town opted to change it’s name in 1950 after a popular game show.
Spaceport America & Virgin Galactic
The world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport is located here in Sierra County with Virgin Galactic being it’s anchor tenant. Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic hopes to launch people into space in 2018 (For only $200K). Other tenants of the Spaceport America include SpaceX, UpAerospace, and Google.
The small ghost town of Cuchillo, New Mexico and several of it’s properties have been investigated by many ghost investigation groups from the southwestern United States and are said to have had paranormal activity experienced on them. The Investigations have resulted in evidence in the form of EVPs (electronic voice phenomenon), video capture, temperature changes, and eye witness acounts of unexplainable events.
The Old Cuchillo Bar and Store property has been featured by many national and international media outlets related to the haunting at Cuchillo, as well as the current owner’s historic preservation and use of sustainability and repurposing in his modern renovation of the 150 year old hotel.