This useful guidebook surveys more than eighty ghost towns, grouped by geographic area. First published in 1981 and now available only from the University of New Mexico Press, it has been praised in particular for its instructions on how to reach even the most obscure sites.
Philip Varney is an Arizona writer and teacher who has been a ghost town aficionado for more than fifteen years.
Tony Hillerman (1925-2008) was an award-winning author and newspaperman, best known for his mystery novels set in Navajoland. He was also the author of The Great Taos Bank Robbery and Other True Stories (UNM Press).
"Varney's is the best of the New Mexico ghost-town books, and the University of New Mexico Press is to be congratulated for bringing it back into print."--Journal of Arizona History
"Very carefully compiled . . . an excellent book."--The Santa Fe Reporter
"Supplies just the information we need about New Mexico's ghost towns: maps, histories, photographic aids, road conditions, time allotment necessary, and current conditions. His appendixes include help for reading topographic maps, understanding mining terms, pronunciation of place names, and advice for hikers, bicyclers, and motorists."--New Mexico Magazine