|We have visited ghost towns on previous trips to
New Mexico, particularly back in 2000,
and we have passed by this one on previous trips without stopping.
But this year we had the time, and the town is literally just off
the interstate, so I made everybody stop.
Steins, New Mexico (pronounced "steens") is only a few hundred feet
north of exit 3 on I-10 about three miles east of the New
Mexico-Arizona border. It is actually now on private property,
and I had read that access to it might be restricted depending on
the time of day and time of year. We found it to be behind a
fence, and, while there was a mobile home nearby that looked lived
in, no one was around but a barking dog during our 15 minutes there
on a Sunday morning in April. There were some big rigs parked
as though they had spent the night, but we saw no people. We
did stop long enough to take a few pictures and to stretch our legs.