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Biking and Cycling Trails Near New Mexico Cabin Rentals

Biking and Cycling Adventures Near Gila National Forest, Silver City


Biking and cycling adventures in southwest New Mexico are unlimited, exciting and by using New Mexico Cabin Rentals as your home base, you'll find some of the very best year-round biking and cycling in the southwest!  Here are just a few mountain and road rides nearby.  Area maps are available at the Murray Ryan Visitor Center, 201 N. Hudson in Silver City.  More information, bike gear, sales and service are available at the bike shops in Silver City.

Mountain Bike Rides  

  • M1 Burro CDT South - a new segment of the Continental Divide Trail.  Location:  South from Silver City on  180 between mile marker 22 and 21.  Turn right onto Forest Road 282.  Travel time to trailhead:  20 minutes.  Difficulty:  Moderate
  • M2 Little Walnut Picnic Area/Gomez Peak Trail System.  This is a great system of trails that begin at the Little Walnut Picnic Area.  From Silver City, drive north on Little Walnut Road.  Travel time to trailhead:  15 minutes.  Difficulty:  Moderate to Difficult
  • M3 Fort Bayard Wildlife Refuge.  This is part of the Gila National Forest and has a great system of National Recreation Trails.  Directions to Trailhead:  East from Silver City on Highway 180, between milepost 118 and 119 turn left onto Arenas Valley Road then go 1 mile to the parking area.  Difficulty:  Moderate to Difficult.  Travel time to Trailhead:  15 to 20 minutes.

Lightly traveled roads make Grant County a great place for year-round cycling and biking road trips.

Road Bike Rides 

  • R1, US Highway 180 West (NM Bike Route 18)  A light to moderately traveled two lane road with shoulders. Directions:  Ride west from Silver City on Hwy 180.  Terrain:  Hills and valleys.
  • R2  NM 15 to Sapillo Creek  This is a local favorite.  From Silver City to Pinos Altos, about 7 miles, the road is a 2 lane with shoulders.  North of Pinos Altos the road becomes a narrow 2-way with no lane markings or shoulders.  It's 18 miles from Pinos Altos to the junction with NM 35.  There are several good turn-around points if you don't want to go all the way.  The last 3-mile descent into Sapillo Creek is steep with blind hair-pin turns.  Directions:  Ride north from Silver City on NM 15.  Terrain:  Winding mountain roads.
  • Mimbres River Valley R3, R4, R5.  There are 3 ride options in the Mimbres River Valley.  To get to the Mimbres, go east from Silver City on Hwy 180 then turn left onto NM 152.  It's about 20  miles from Silver City to the Mimbres Valley.  If you don't want to ride this section, you can drive to the Mimbres Valley and park in a gravel parking area at the junction of NM 152 and 61 at milepost 15 and ride from there.
  • R3 Upper Mimbres River Valley  NM 35 is an easy ride up the valley to the Continental Divide between mile marker 15 and 16.  Lake Roberts is 7 miles further.  Location:  East on Hwy 180,  turn left at light to Fort Bayard then follow the signs for forest road 536.  The road dead ends in 3 miles at the trailhead but you can pull off at several locations along the way to bird watch.  Terrain:  river valley.
  • R4 Lower Mimbres River Valley  NM 61 is an easy ride down the valley.  Directions:  Ride south from NM 152 on NM 61.  It's 26 miles to Hwy 180.  Terrain:  river valley.
  • R5 Emory Pass  NM 152 continues east across the valley and climbs 17  miles to the Black Ranch to 8,000 feet at Emory Pass.  The road up to the Gila National Forest boundary is a wide 2-lane then becomes a narrow 2-lane with blind curves and some steep grades.  This is for experienced riders.  Directions:  Ride east on NM 152. Terrain:  Winding mountain roads.
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