"A proper ghost town" Elizabethtown by toonsarah

Elizabethtown Travel Guide: 2 reviews and 9 photos

Old chapel, Elizabethtown

We had already visited several “ghost towns” in New Mexico by the time we came to Elizabethtown, but none of them really loved up to the image that the name conjured in our minds. That is, none of them seemed truly to be inhabited only by ghosts. Until we came to Elizabethtown.

There is a small museum here, open only from June to August. But for us, Elizabethtown was all about atmosphere. We had come looking for a “real” ghost town, and at last we had found one.

Elizabethtown lies just off Highway 38, on the so-called Enchanted Circle. This makes a lovely day drive if staying in Taos, although we used it instead as a scenic and roundabout route to get from there to Cimmaron. It takes you through the high passes of the skiing country around Red River, with some stunning views, so the drive is well worth doing for itself as well as for the several destinations along the way.

And to continue with us on our road trip through New Mexico please visit the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial with me.

  • Last visit to Elizabethtown: Oct 2011
  • Intro Updated Jan 10, 2012
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    We have quite a few ghost towns in Australia. Life was harsh in the olden days!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 25, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Good that you found a proper ghost town. But the ghosts do seem to have a fire truck, don’t they?

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Aren't places like these fantastic?! Something so special about places where some just hang in there to keep a town alive. Excellent page!

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Another fantastic addition to your New Mexico pages. To have the worst of the bad weather in such a place probably adds to the special atmosphere.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Wow, this indeed sounds like a ghost town, I am trying to imagine how it must have been sitting in the car during the rain and just seeing nobody else but the car and the horses. But it looks very much photogenic! As do the aspens, with their yellow translucent glory :-)

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Hello, Sarah! It would be interesting to pay a visit to such a "ghost town" as Elizabethtown...


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