In El Paso, Texas we all love a good scare -- & sometimes the best way to get it is to visit an actual ghost town. While there are many ghost towns you can visit in New Mexico, Texas is also FULL of these abandoned towns (over 1000 ghost towns). Some you can drive to in just a few hours from El Paso. Here are some worth planning a road trip for. Make sure you pack plenty of water & food before you do...


Within the El Paso Valley of the Rio Grande in Hudspeth County lies the ghost town of Acala, Texas. Back in the day, it was a major source of cotton farming until the 1970s. Just 53 miles from El Paso, you can easily make the drive within an hour.

Salt Flat

Another ghost town located in Hudspeth County is the small town of Salt Flat, Texas. For a while, the only remaining business long after the town shut down was the Salt Flat Café. Sadly it too has closed down. If you want to travel to Salt Flat, it's about an hour & a half drive away from El Paso.


A ghost town that sadly became abandoned thanks to the brutal nature of Lobo, Texas. It had a brief revival in the 2010s as a place for movie festivals. Sadly it's no longer the case; Lobo is about 2 hours outside of El Paso.


Certainly one of the most well-known ghost towns in Texas is Terlingua; it's about a 4-and-a-half-hour drive away (which is about the same as here to Albuquerque). This is the furthest one away here but it's worth the journey if you love all things creepy & eerie.


While some people wouldn't exactly call Smeltertown, Texas a ghost town, because of its size, some people WOULD since it played a huge part in housing the workers who worked for ASARCO in the early 1900s. Smeltertown is the closest to El Paso -- just 10 minutes away between the Texas & New Mexico borders. Of course, you can also find the Smelter Town Cemetery too.

Honorable Mention - Goler Gulch & Garlock: I know they are set in California, but they are both within the EL PASO Mountain Range so I thought it was worth a mention here.

Of course, these are still towns so please be respectful of the locations & properties. And of course, be respectful to those who once lived there. You don't want to mess with the spirits, do you?

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If you do go on an adventure and seek out these ghost towns, please do it safely. If you go on a journey into the woods please have the landowner's permission to do so or you could be prosecuted for trespassing. Above all, be careful, courteous, and inquisitive.

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