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Reserve, New Mexico Motel Lodging | Mountaineer Inn | 6 The Lane, Reserve, NM  87830

Phone: 575-533-6272

Lodging at the Mountaineer Motel in Reserve, New Mexico


A sweet little motel nestled in the New Mexico Frontier

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Romance with the Ole' West charm,
In Reserve New Mexico!


Gateway to Big Game Hunting & Fishing in Catron County, New Mexico!


Reserve New Mexico

Reserve is a village in Catron County, New Mexico, United States. It is also the County seat of Catron County. Catron became a county in 1921.

It was named after an attorney and political leader from Santa Fe, Thomas B. Catron.


In the 1860s, Mexican-Americans established a string of villages along the San Francisco River, naming them the Upper, Lower, and Middle San Francisco Plazas. In the late 1870s Anglo settlers began arriving. They renamed Upper Frisco Plaza Milligan's Plaza, naming it after a merchant and saloon owner.

While lately characterized by its world-class elk hunting and the county’s outspoken resistance to federal lands policies, the bucolic Catron Country village of Reserve was once better known as the site of the fabled “Frisco War.” In a dramatic display of skill, spunk, and luck, an unimposing 5’ 7” Hispanic by the name of Elfego Baca instigated and prevailed in what was likely the most unequal gunfight in the history of the American West. Read More

Milligan's Plaza was the site of the Frisco shootout of Elfego Baca.[7]

The Walter De Maria's 1977 Art Installation  & The Lightning Field is between Quemado and Pie Town, New Mexico

The Lightning Field is recognized internationally as one of the late-twentieth century's most significant works of art.   Walter De Maria's Lightning Field consists of 400 stainless steel poles with solid, pointed tips, arranged in a rectangular 1 mile x 1 kilometer grid array in Catron County, New Mexico.

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National Radio Astronomy Observation Very Large Array "VLA"

From the early 1960s at NRAO, astronomers knew they needed an array of radio dishes to complement the work of our giant, single-dish telescopes. An array is a group of several radio antennas observing together creating — in effect — a single telescope many miles across.

Coming from the I-40 or the I-25 and west of Socorro, NM, approximately 60 miles before arriving in Quemado, NM you will pass through  "The Very Large Array." This is one of the world's premier astronomical radio observatories, consisting of 27 radio antennas in a Y-shaped configuration on the Plains of San Agustin fifty miles west of Socorro, New Mexico. Each antenna is 25 meters (82 feet) in diameter.

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