Roadforks, New Mexico: Ghost Town of Steins (Closed)If it ever opens again, you can't beat the convenience of a real ghost town just off of a freeway exit. Abandoned in a hurry, and it's been preserved pretty much as it was left.
Steins NM Railroad Ghost Town
- Steins Rd, Roadforks, NM
- I-10 exit 3, then drive north about 100 yards on Steins Rd.
- Oct. 2016: Closed to public, gated. (Call to verify)
Visitor Tips and News About Ghost Town of Steins
Closed. It was fun to see from the fence, but would have been nice to get a closer look.[Shannan, 10/06/2016]
The current owners don't live in the state, and may eventually offer tours by appointment, but for now this privately owned ghost town is gated and closed to the public.
I'm not sure of the exact date -- around 1991-1993 -- but I stopped and met a guy in there who said he owned the town. He was a pretty cool guy who told me about some of the things he found while sifting through the sand. One was a coin and the other was an original "pop bottle." He explained how the bottle worked when someone drank out of it and wanted to save part of the drink. It was the first time I'd seen one.[Ed Young, 11/24/2015]
Ghost Town of Steins
Not sure if it is in operation. Definitely not during weekdays. Does look deserted though.[Captainkuzey, 06/27/2014]
Steins Ghost Town has reportedly been remodeled and reopened.[Edith Hardee, 06/02/2012]
The Link family and local businesses have worked to reopen the ghost town since owner Larry Link was murdered there in 2011 (he had closed the ghost town in 2008). The murder was apparently unrelated to the town, which was reopened May 2012. The Links take pride in preserving the town as it was when it was abandoned.
Steins Ghost Town
Larry Link, owner of the now-closed Steins Ghost Town, was shot and killed apparently not far from the attraction, which he'd shuttered in 2008 due to reported theft and vandalism. Steins is a tempting stop -- right off an I-10 exit -- but it is closed, and potential visitors should probably steer clear until someone figures out what's going on out there.[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 06/11/2011]
June 2014: Photo added.