Photo by Dennis Goza
Many travelers along this busy stretch of Interstate 40 never suspect that one of New Mexico's most interesting ghost towns is located just off the freeway. Cuervo was officially established around 1900 with the coming of the railroad, although it had been on a well-used trade route for at least 4 centuries before that. The town began dying out after the freeway was constructed in the 1960's, and now only a scant handful of local residents remain alongside rusted vintage automobile wrecks and abandoned buildings that include two churches, a school and several houses.
If you go:
The most picturesque ruins are on the south side of the freeway. This is private property, but taking photos is OK. Use your discretion and be respectful of the locals.
Cuervo, New Mexico 88417 USA