abandoned motel in New Mexico

by Kaylah Stroup

Desert West Motel, abandoned, swimming pool

Cruising down the highway shortly after entering New Mexico, Jeff and I spotted this abandoned motel at the exact same moment. We gave each other the look and quickly agreed that even if we couldn’t get inside it’d make for some cool exterior shots. Despite having just stopped an exit or two earlier to check out a cemetery, we were ready to stretch our legs again.

As it would turn out, the Desert West Motel was wide open and a prime spot to spend some time wandering around. Jeff, my dad, and I all had a blast here wandering around the property. Dipping into rooms to check out it’s contents. Stacks of mattresses, garbage bags full of trash, and tumbleweeds filled the majority of them.

Seems as though while in operation it wasn’t that great of a place. One and two star reviews are almost all there is to be found. Pool was closed, resturant was closed, no hot water, broken furniture – all things repeated in each. The last review dating back to 2013. Most do mention the one positive – ‘no bugs!’

Spots like this are my favorite. Abandonment in the desert is so much different than here in Ohio. Wish we could explore spots like this more often. They always seem to be worth a stop.

More from this trip;
just married!
instant photos from our wedding week
that time I got married in a ghost town
Cadillac Ranch
Boothill Graveyard
Twin Arrows + Two Guns
Steins Cemetery

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allie August 9, 2018 - 10:31 am

Oh man what a great find! I LOVE that Motel sign with the T outline. I totally get what you mean about the desert vs. abandoned buildings back east – things are more preserved I think without all that moisture.

Kaylah August 13, 2018 - 10:13 am

Definitely! Everything here is so… rotten? In the desert everything is just crispy and preserved!

Sarah August 11, 2018 - 4:07 pm

What an awesome thing to stumble upon! You got some great photos of this place.

Kaili | Weirdwonderfulwanderlust August 19, 2018 - 5:27 pm

What a great find! I love those orangey tones.

Kaylah August 21, 2018 - 7:44 am


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