In 1881 famous outlaw Billy the Kid escaped
from the Lincoln County Courthouse in
Lincoln. During his escape The Kid allegedly
shot and killed two deputies, but he was
never indicted for the murders...
New Mexico's Billy the Kid Trail received a
National Scenic Byway designation from the
Federal Highway Commission in June of
1998. Billy the Kid Trail pays tribute to the
infamous "Wild West" outlaw and several
other western icons, including Smokey the
Bear. From the Hubbard Museum of the
American West, to Fort Stanton, to the
Lincoln State Monument, to the Smokey Bear
Museum and Park, the region promises
exciting experiences filled with culture,
history, and recreation.
The Lincoln County area is rich in history.
It has been home to Billy the Kid, the Lincoln
County War, the Mescalero Apache tribe, Kit
Carson, "Black Jack" Pershing, the Buffalo
Soldiers, the world's richest Quarter Horse
race and Smokey Bear. Take an online "tour"
of the communities along the Byway.
Lincoln County is a tourist
favorite because of its
wonderful climate, special
events, summer horse
racing & superior winter
The Byway is home to a
wide variety of excellent
galleries, studios &
museums. Follow the
Byway and you'll find a
eclectic collection of
period & contemporary
crafts of the highest
ceramics, fiber arts,
woodworking, glass and
Hurd La Rinconada
Gallery, San Patricio
84 miles / 134.4 km
Time to Allow:
Plan at least 2 hours for
your tour of the Billy the
Kid Scenic Byway
There are no fees.
Smokey Bear Museum
The Nortorious Billy the Kid