Stanley, New Mexico never was a booming metropolis
Stanley, New Mexico is an unincorporated community in Santa Fe county. Located about 20 miles northwest of Edgewood on Highway 41, Stanley is comprised mostly of ranch land. If you’re looking for gas, food, or civilization you’ll need to go back up the highway to Edgewood.
On the way into town, there is a little cluster of abandoned houses. If you’re interested in checking them out, you’ll need to be very careful, discreet and quick because, as always, the hills have eyes. It’s amazing how many people are watching in a town where no one lives. They can show up at any moment to chase off trespassers, or sometimes they just call the police.
It should go without saying that you should never take anything other than photographs from an abandoned house as it’s a good way to bring home unwanted guests such as angry spirits or Hantavirus, and no one wants that.
These abandoned houses in Stanley, New Mexico are some of my favorite that I have photographed to date. The interiors were full of personal belongings and interesting things like the Folger’s Coffee can and stairwells pictured below.
Once the roof starts to leak, the rest of the house deteriorates pretty quickly. Check out the peeling and molding wall paper in the above photo.
I really wanted to climb up these stairs but it looked like they would probably collapse if I tried.
These photos were shot on November 8, 2018.