Inside the Abandoned Ghost Towns of New Mexico

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“You can’t imagine how many houses there were here,” says Ben Sisneros, looking up the Pecos River Valley to the Great Plains beyond. “There used to be bars, stores, schools. Right over there was La Salla Dancehall.” Now the dancehall is an empty patch of earth. The church we’re outside in Colonias, New Mexico, is crumbling in the sun. The surrounding area is approaching ghost town status, close to being reclaimed by the desert, and Sisneros is one of its patriarchs. Though he’s pushing 80, Sisneros looks ten years younger, a fact made more startling when you consider his […]

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