Are there churches and social organizations to join?
Yes, there are many, with more than 50 congregations active in the county and with civic and social groups for gardening, quilting, hunting, astronomy, bird watching and more.
You can find a listing of many civic organizations here.
Feel free to contact the Chamber for specific information on other groups.
Where should I live in Grant County?
Grant County is remarkably diverse: Silver City, the county seat and the largest town in the County, has a history dating back well over 150 years but has modern clubs, art galleries and eateries. Its home prices are typically at the upper end of those found in the County. The County's regional medical center is in Silver City.
Hurley, Bayard, Fiero and the other towns in the Mining District are distinctive communities with wonderful heritages of their own. Although smaller than Silver City, many of Grant County's smaller towns have their own police and fire departments, libraries and community services. Great home prices and values can be found in these communities.
Cliff is a charming rural ranch and agricultural community set in mountain foothills alongside the Gila River.
Faywood and the southern end of the County offer a ruggedly beautiful high desert landscape that contrasts with the more mountainous north.
And, finally, there are many places to live in rural parts of the County that offer complete seclusion.
Are there good hospitals?
You can find a summary of healthcare resources here.
Gila Regional Medical Center is an outstanding regional care facility with a number of accute-care specialties. It's an award-winning facility with a diverse staff of medical professionals associated with it. Owned by the county, Gila Regional is a source of pride for our community and an important community asset.
A number of other healthcare options are available in the county, as well. Some critical-care specialties require travel out of the county, either to Las Cruces or to Albuquerque. Give us a call at (505) 538-3785 or contact us for more information specific to your needs.
What is the altitude?
Altitudes in the County range from 4,000 above sea level in the high desert at the southern end of the county to mountains touching 10,000 feet in the north. Silver City, Bayard, Hurley and the central part of the county are just under 6,000 feet above sea level.
How much snow do you get?
Each winter brings one or two snow storms to the County, although it is unusual for snow to persist on the roads in the southern and central part of the county for more than a day, and snow accumulation of any amount in the south is not common.
Area schools occasionally have snow-day cancellations, although these seem to be far too few in number for the students' liking.
The northern tier of the county and places elsewhere in the county above 7,000 feet can have snow on the ground for several days or more. The Burro Mountains, while quite close to Silver City, often have snow cover for several days at a time, as do the mountains east and north of Silver City.
Snow pack in the highest elevations of the county is an important source of river and groundwater, and is highly prized and welcome. Cross-country skiing, sledding and tubing are possible in these locations at times, but these activities are not reliably available throughout winter. There is no ski resort in the county.
Back-country travel and driving during the winter is best planned with the assistance of a Chamber of Commerce member familiar with the area you are traveling to. A few remote roads high in the County's mountains may be closed by bad weather for days or weeks at a time.
How cold does it get?
Because of our low-humidity environment, temperature swings from day to night can be pronounced: The dry air heats up rapidly, but cools rapidly, as well. December and January nights can sometimes see temperatures in the teens or high single-digits, but the following afternoon can see temperatures in the 40s, 50s or higher.
More information on winter weather, freezes and precipitation is available here.
How hot does it get?
The same low-humidity environment that causes temperature swings in the winter provides a real benefit in the summer: Although sunny days in summer can occasionally reach 100 degrees, especially in the south of the County, nighttime temperatures can be cooler by 30 degrees or more. After the arrival of summer monsoon rains, cooling can take place rapidly any time after a rain.
While blisteringly hot weather is very rare, the County is almost always dry: Plan to take plenty of water whenever you travel, and most visitors find a lip ointment and/or sunscreen to be handy additions.
Never leave children or pets in cars, RVs or enclosed spaces. Summer temperatures in vehicles and enclosed spaces can reach 130 degrees or more very quickly.
More information on summer weather is available here.
How dry is it?
The County includes semi-arid mountains and high desert. Prolonged rainy periods are uncommon, although sudden downpours are not. Stay out of streams and gullies during rains of any kind.
The County receives less than 30 inches of precipitation a year on average: 16 inches of rain and 11 inches of snow. In the past decade, total precipitation has been well below that average.
More information on precipitation is available here.
Do you get forest fires?
Grant County has a wildfire season in late Spring and early Summer, the driest time of the year in southwestern New Mexico. Special care is required at all times when camping in the county, and on rare occasions the Gila Wilderness may have access restrictions in place because of fire danger.
Federal, state and local governments are taking steps to reduce the risk of wildfire even more, by thinning forests to better resemble their natural state, by allowing some wildfires to proceed as managed burns, and by encouraging home owners to create defensible spaces around their homes.
Major wild fires are rare in Grant County, and we work hard to keep it that way. More information on the wildfire danger in the county is available here.
What is the environment like?
Grant County is fortunate to have clear skies, clean water (although limited amounts of it) and plenty of beautiful wilderness to enjoy. It's possible to enjoy these environmental attributes sitting on a remote cliff in the Gila Wilderness, or enjoying a sandwich downtown.
For more than 1,000 years, Native Americans, Spanish, Mexican and American residents have also turned to the mountains of southwest New Mexico for gold, silver, copper and other minerals. Evidence of this mining can be seen in many places throughout the county, and the County's modern mine operations are hard to miss: A popular scenic turn-out from New Mexico Highway 152 provides an amazing view down into the enormous Chino mine pit, where gigantic haul trucks are dwarfed by the scale of operations.
Remediation at some mine sites is now underway. Before modern remediation was required, however, miners often left their tailings and mine shafts unchanged when they finished mining. Use great care when traveling in areas where mining activities took place, and never enter shafts or abandoned buildings. While scenic, these mining relics can be hazardous.
More information on mining and the Mining District is available here.
Are there bears/mountain lions/wild animals there?
Yes. Encounters with wild animals are not common, but bears are sometimes seen even on the outskirts of Silver City. Other wild animals include mountain lions, Mexican gray wolves, elk, bobcats, coatimundi, and more. Mule deer are probably the County's most-often seen large animal and are quite common in parts of the County.
Campers should exercise care in the back country and practice clean camping regimes at all times. The wild residents of Grant County are elusive and often are hard to see, but they live here still.
What can you tell me about retiring in Grant County?
A decision to retire in Grant County can be a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends, enjoy the outdoors and sample our laid-back way of life.
To provide particular information specific to your needs, however, please let us talk to you and learn more about what you are looking for and will require of a community. Give us a call at (505) 538-3785 or contact us with more information. We're happy to help!
What are your taxes like?
Recent changes in state taxes have made New Mexico an even more economical place to live and work. Find more information on personal and property taxes here, or give us a call at (505) 538-3785
What are your housing costs like?
Real estate prices in Grant County have shown modest consistent growth for the last decade. You can find details, including average home prices, here.
Can I get information on relocating to Grant County?
What resources are available to help move my business to Grant County?
Grant County offers a number of organizations — including the Chamber of Commerce — anxious to help you get the information you need as you consider moving your business and your family to our community.
Start with a summary of resources here, and do not hesitate to call us at (505) 538-3785 or contact us for more information.