Museums & History
The Village known today as Eagle Nest has a wonderful and storied past of gunslingers, ghost towns, gold mining and wide-open, peaceful spaces. The Village has been the crossroads of many pioneers and frontier Indians for centuries. Both the famed ‘Colfax County War’ and Kit Carson’s adventures have taken place near here and have been recorded in the pages of Eagle Nest history books. Visit nearby Elizabethtown and Virginia City, both of which were vibrant and growing towns in the mining boom days. Both have lots of stories to tell and reveal the relics of their past.
Established in 1866 with the opening of area gold mines, Elizabethtown was the first incorporated town in New Mexico and once held the county seat. It died out by 1917 with the decline in the mines. While there is very little left of the original buildings, there is a museum on site which is a must-see.
Five miles north of Eagle Nest on State Road 38. Elizabethtown is located just off New Mexico State Road 38, between the communities of Eagle Nest and Red River, just east of the Carson National Forest.
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