Datil, New Mexico
Downtown Datil, at the intersection of NM 12 and US 60
In 1885, the Magdalena Livestock Driveway was established, connecting the Springerville, Arizona cattle ranches with the railroad head at Magdalena. 15 water wells were drilled along the way (about every 10 miles) to provide for the large number of cows and sheep that were driven over this route, in season. One of last remaining of those wells is still flowing water about 1 mile west of Datil at the Datil Well Recreation Area & Campground. I think the village of Datil first sprang up as a stagecoach stop along that original cattle road and the townsite became centered around the intersection of NM 12 and US 60.
The present center of business is on the southwest corner of that crossroads. There's a convenience store, gas station, restaurant, and possibly motel (out behind the main building). Just to the west is a Forest Service office and an office for the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The former center of business (see bottom photo) is on the northwest corner of that same intersection.
Near Datil is where you'll find the Enchanted Tower: a rockclimbing hotspot. The tower is hidden behind a locked gate so you'll need a good map and the combination to the lock to go there...
The only motel in town
The best-kept building in Datil
The former business district
Population Demographics: 2010
|Population by Age|
|18 & over||48|
|65 & over||18|
|Population by Ethnicity|
|Hispanic or Latino||8|
|Non Hispanic or Latino||46|
|Population by Race|
|Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||0|
|Two or more||1|