Wireless internet is available in many Sierra County businesses and public areas.
Wireless isn’t hard to find these days, but if you’re having trouble, try one of these options downtown: Geronimo Trail Visitor Center at 301 S. Foch, BellaLuca Cafe Italiano (Jones @ McAdoo), Passion Pie Cafe, or Grapevine Bistro.
If you’re “uptown” T or C (near the north 179 exit and Walmart), try the hotels or Denny’s Restaurant.
Elephant Butte Lake State Park has added WiFi in the main area of the park – meaning, Dirt Dam, Lion’s Beach, and the RV campgrounds.
Wifi is also available at several Elephant Butte businesses: The Club Restaurant at Sierra del Rio Golf Course, Casa Taco or Hodges on Highway 195, or Big Food Express near the intersection of Warm Springs Road and Highway 195.
Cellphones: for now, they don’t work at all in mountain towns like Chloride, Hillsboro and Kingston, but you can sometimes get a signal nearby – the closer you are to Interstate 25, the better luck you’ll have. Even in town, service varies according to provider. Verizon is generally your best bet; cellphone users report less success with AT&T.
A tip for when you’re out of range – switching your smartphone to “airplane mode” allows you to continue taking photos while preventing your phone from constantly searching for a signal, which can drain the battery.
Want to tell us how it went with cellphone and computer connections while you were here? We have a survey for that!