(Steins NM)
My planned camp did not workout due to a recent flood in the canyon where I had hoped to stay. Too bad, because it was a gorgeous location. So, it was down the road toward my next adventure.

Old ghost town building

Steins Mercantile

Along the way, on the far western edge of New Mexico, was another ghost town. It was just off of the highway, making a quick stop in order to see Steins an easy choice.

Remains of old buildings

Ghost Town Buildings

Another short lived mining town that actually had some remaining original buildings standing. Unfortunately, they were all behind a tall chain-link fence with signs posted stating “Dangerous Chemicals”.

Steins Mountain behind buildings

Steins Ghost Town & Mountain

Perhaps the old fumigation trucks parked nearby were a clue. Oh well, it was getting late and beginning to rain. A cold wind was blowing with snow in the forecast. To avoid getting caught driving in the white stuff, I stopped at the first reststop after crossing into Arizona.

Camp: Overnight at Vanar Rest Stop
Scene: Buildings, ghost town, mountain

8 Responses to Steins

  1. Martha January 4, 2015 at 9:19 pm #

    Wonder what the dangerous chemicals are, and how long the govt. has known about them.

    • Pleinguy January 4, 2015 at 10:20 pm #

      I don’t think it was a government sign. It looked to me like a way for the owners to get curious people to leave, and not trespass.

  2. Bradford Harris January 4, 2015 at 11:08 pm #

    Cool pix of the ghost town buildings. I really enjoyed the look at the past. (I’ve been to that area years ago). There is so much cool stuff in the Southwest. Keep having fun and sharing pictures. 🙂

    • Pleinguy January 5, 2015 at 3:27 pm #

      It’s hard for me to resist a ghost town; especially when it has decaying buildings and relics laying around. I am definitely having fun!

  3. Dorothy January 8, 2015 at 7:45 am #

    Having grown up in Az. , Spent many days exploring Ghost Towns. It’s great that you are- thanks for bringing back childhood memories. Great photos!

    • Pleinguy January 8, 2015 at 11:29 am #

      Glad you enjoyed memory lane. Not so many of these in the east. So, it’s exciting for me to find these places all over the west.

  4. The Good Luck Duck January 9, 2015 at 7:42 pm #

    I had never heard of Steins. I’ll have to check that out – thanks!

    • Pleinguy January 9, 2015 at 7:51 pm #

      Very easy to find. Take the first exit (about 3 miles onto Rd-A12) after entering NM from AZ and turn left to the north side of I-10. Go past the trailer and it is right there on your left.

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