An integral part of the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site development plan is to support and encourage the use of the Site as an educational facility.
The Mattocks Ruin has long attracted the interests of archaeologists, beginning with a visit in 1883 by the pioneering archaeologist Adolph Bandelier.
The Mattocks property includes a large Mimbres pithouse/pueblo ruin, two Territorial adobe houses and out buildings.
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Artifacts from the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site provide a glimpse into the lives and culture of the people who lived in this area 1,000 years ago.
Our Supporters
  • Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
  • Gila Conservation Education Center
  • Gila National Forest
  • Grant County Archaeological Society
  • New Mexico Department of Game Fish
  • New Mexico State Parks
  • Silver City Museum Society
  • Trail of the Mountain Spirits Scenic Byway
  • Funded in part by the Federal Highway Administration
You can help the MCHS!
This delightful watercolor of the Wood House donated by well-known Mimbres artist Marilyn Gendron is on display at the Silver City Museum. The Silver City Museum Society will be taking “Silent Auction” bids for the painting, with all proceeds going into the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site Renovation Fund. Learn more!
Mission and Acquisition Statements
The mission of the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site is to protect and preserve the prehistoric and historic features of the site, and to provide visitors with opportunities to increase their understanding of the history of land use in the Mimbres Valley by experiencing the Mattocks Ruin, the Wood and Gooch Houses, and the land itself. Our goal is to develop an interpretive/nature trail around the Site, and use the historic buildings as an education and research center, and museum.

The acquisition of the Mattocks property was made possible by a generous contribution from Maclean (Mac) Wilson in memory of his mother, Imogen Wilson. Hearing about the efforts of the Grant County Archaeological Society to save this archaeological and historical treasure, Mac donated the funds to purchase the Heritage Site. .
Join Us
Please help us protect our cultural heritage. Join with us in our effort to preserve the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site and to provide educational opportunities both for area residents and visitors, and for the advancement of research.
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2007 by the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site and the Trail of the Mountain Spirits Scenic Byway. Funded in part by the Federal Highway Administration.

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