Riverside, Grant County, New Mexico

Riverside is an unincorporated community in Grant County, New Mexico, United States.[1][2] It lies on the left (east) bank of the Gila River and on both sides of U.S. Route 180 in southwestern New Mexico, 2.6 miles (4.2 km) by road south of Cliff, New Mexico.[3]

Riverside, Grant County,
New Mexico
Coordinates: 32°55′54″N 108°35′45″W
CountryUnited States
StateNew Mexico
4,482 ft (1,366 m)
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
  Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)575
GNIS feature ID893985


There was a Mimbres settlement at Riverside,[2] but they were displaced by the Apache[4] and the settlement had been long abandoned by the time the Spanish came to New Mexico.[2] The Spanish did not settle in the area due to the presence of the Chiricahua Apache.

Riverside and the surrounding area in the Gila River Valley were settled by Anglos in 1884, as fear of Apache raiders decreased. The area was and is primarily a ranching and farming community.[5] In 1900, Thomas Jefferson Clark built a two-story hotel in Riverside as a type of caravanserai for travellers on the stage route between Mogollon and Silver City.[6]

The annual Audubon Gila River bird count takes place in Riverside.[7] Students attend the schools in Cliff, which is part of the Silver Consolidated School District.[8]


  1. "Riverside". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey., 13 November 1980
  2. Baker, Gayla Sue (1971). The Riverside Site, Grant County, New Mexico. Southwestern New Mexico research reports, number 5. Cleveland, Ohio: Department of Anthropology, Case Western Reserve University. OCLC 477494.
  3. Cliff Quadrangle, New Mexico Grant County (Map) (provisional 1990 ed.). 1:24,000. 7.5 minutes series (topographic). United States Geological Survey. 1990.
  4. Lamontagne, Monique (1995). "Gila Cliff Dwellings". In Ring, Trudy; Watson, Noelle; Schellinge, Paul (eds.). The Americas: International Dictionary of Historic Places. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn. pp. 258–260. ISBN 978-1-884964-00-8.
  5. SouthWest New Mexico, Historic Silver City Area Scenic Tours, page 19, 2008.
  6. Julyan, Robert (1998). "Riverside (Grant County)". The Place Names of New Mexico (revised ed.). Albuquerque, New Mexico: University of New Mexico Press. p. 300. ISBN 0-8263-1689-1.
  7. "The Annual Christmas Bird Count is Coming - Dec. 15 & 29!". Grant County Beat. 7 December 2012. Archived from the original on 27 June 2014.
  8. "Silver Consolidated Schools".

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