Hike Southwest New Mexico Near Gila Forest and Silver City
Gila National Forest | Mineral Creek - Mogollon | Catwalk | Mimbres | San Francisco Hot Springs | Gila Cliff Dwellings
This is the kind of hiking experience you can expect to have when you stay at one of our vacation cabins or guesthouses at New Mexico Cabin Rentals! For a relaxing stroll, feel free to walk about our 360 private acres where you can explore nearly 2 miles along Bear Creek where more than 250 species of native and migratory birds have been documented by the Biological/Ornithological Research Department of the State of New Mexico. Travel your own path! At New Mexico Cabin Rentals we don't “make the trails", we encourage you to blaze your own!
Your cabin is comfortably furnished with everything you might need to enjoy your stay and includes bbq grill, charcoal, lighter fluid, gourmet spices, condiments, and convenience items such as foil, cooking oil. You just need to bring your personal toiletries, preferred food, beverages (coffee?).
After a day hiking, enjoy dinner in Silver City where you'll find a variety of good restaurants, pubs, cafes and fast food. Weekends you can catch a movie at Western New Mexico University (Light Hall) or the Silco Theatre in historic Old Town.
Whenever hiking in southwestern New Mexico, including the area in and around New Mexico Cabin Rentals, it's always a good idea to remember:
- Always carry plenty of water when you hike. The southwest is dry, sunny, rocky. Staying hydrated while hiking is critical.
- Remember to bring along your sunscreen and a head cover when hiking.
- Wear the appropriate hiking/walking shoes.
- Wear clothes suitable for hiking during every time of year and desert temperatures.
- Walking/hiking sticks, even those you make yourself, are very handy for shorter and longer hikes.
- Bring your cell phone. While cell service is not always available in every area, it certainly helps when available and you need assistance.
Double E Ranch Trail at New Mexico Cabin Rentals offers gentle scenic wanderings along Bear Creek or more challenging hiking trail along Double E Ranch Trail, one of the few adjacent access points to miles of public lands, including the Gila Wilderness area and Gila National Forest. Just a short walk from your cabin, follow the signs directing you to the Double E Ranch Trailhead, taking you to the top of the ridge. The views are stunning, with expansive vistas in every direction. Imagine, standing before you is over 3,000,000 acres of mostly untouched, wild, pristine public lands!!
The Catwalk - Just 5 miles north of Glenwood, NM you'll find a very unique, beautiful and easily accessed hiking trail. Beginning with the discovery of gold and silver in the rugged Mogollon Mountains around 1893, the Catwalk was born and is located above Whitewater Canyon. The small town of Graham (also known as Whitewater) grew around a mill, located on the west hillside near the present day of parking area, only lasting about 10 years. In the mid-1930's the Civilian Conservation Corps built the Catwalk, a bridge system that was washed away after the Whitewater-Baldy Fire. It was rebuilt again and is now open for approximately .5 miles from the parking lot. This is a very accessible area and easily hiked by all ages.
You have to hike .5 miles from the parking lot to begin your hike of approximately 2.5 miles. There is a $3.00 parking charge.
City of Rocks - Until sometime around 1200 A.D., Spanish conquistadores spent time in the same area of southwestern New Mexico as the Mimbres Indians who left arrowheads and spectacularly painted pottery shards as evidence of their culture. In just six other places in the entire world will visitors find these unique rock formations looking very m much like a small city. Streets, houses, chimneys and even courtyard areas can still be found. City of Rocks Park is home to deer, antelope, jackrabbits and javelinas along with well over 35 species of birds, including Golden Eagles. Botanically, this desert location is filled with Yucca, giant Century plants, bunny ear cacti and cow's tongue. City of Rocks State Park is midway between Silver City and Deming NM off US 180. Turn on NM 61 for four miles to the park access road. Remember to take plenty of water and appropriate walking shoes. A hat and sunscreen would be important, too! Fee: $5/day.
Mineral Creek - Mogollon - A family friendly hike, Mineral Creek Trail is 3.3 miles of lightly a trafficked point-to-point trail located near Glenwood, New Mexico that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Mimbres River Main Fork - Expect river and creek crossings along this 8 mile trail just outside Silver City toward Mimbres, NM along the main fork of the Mimbres River. Great for dogs - they can be off leash!
San Francisco Hot Springs - 1.5 Miles: From Highway 180 North (West) toward Reserve, NM turn left onto a dirt road just before mile marker 58 (coming south from Reserve, turn right just after mile 58). Continue all the way past a turnoff for campsites to a little loop where a pit toilet stands not too far away from the trailhead. Starting out from the trailhead, the trail is very clear and easy to follow. About a mile in, it bends through a gate designating a day use trail and continues; shortly after, the trail descends into a canyon on its way down to the San Francisco River. The trail brings you right to a clear space on the riverbank. Cross the river here and continue on the other side. The opposite bank is very overgrown, and it is nearly impossible to tell where to climb up the bank. However, the trail (marked by a fallen-over sign saying "trail") can be found again through a growth of tall grasses slightly upriver from the clear space. From here, follow a faint trail marked by a combination of cairns and blue ribbons tied to tree branches through a more sparsely vegetated area until you again reach the riverbank. The hot springs may be found on this side of the river, trickling into the water from the side of the bank along a stretch of around 100 yards. The larger springs, including two small pools outlined by rock, are found upriver, while other smaller ones are found downriver.