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Your imagination is the only limit to things to do at New Mexico Cabin Rentals in Gila, New Mexico.

At New Mexico Cabin Rentals, the pace is slower, making it easy to unplug from the stressful rush of urban life. While there is plenty to do, there are no watches, clocks, itineraries, schedules, and certainly no traffic lights or gridlock to deal with – well, except for the occasional cattle crossing. Activities happen at your own pace and it won't take long for you to reconnect with your own natural rhythm.  Here is the list of activities we’ve come up with for activities here at New Mexico Cabin Rentals, but really, your imagination is the only limit to what you can do. 

Birding:

Bear Creek meanders through nearly 2 miles of New Mexico Cabin Rentals private land and is home to hundreds of migratory and indiginous birds. Giant cottonwood and sycamore trees, piñon, juniper and live oak trees provide the perfect habitat! More ...

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Recent Birding Report

Map of Birding Areas in Gila Forest Area

Hiking Opportunities at New Mexico Cabin Rentals

For a relaxing stroll, feel free to walk about on our 360 acres where you can explore nearly 2 miles along Bear Creek, our privately protected riparian area 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!  Climb to the top of Turtle Rock and explore “Apache Corral.” where legend tells that because of its elevation and 360 degree view, the Apache Indians grazed their horses, spotting danger long before it got close.  Wander the ridges looking for the ancient homes of the Mimbres Indians who lived along Bear Creek 1100 to 1300 years ago. Many examples of the famous Mimbres black/white pottery sherds, tools and weapons can be found, if you look carefully.  At New Mexico Cabin Rentals we don't “make” the trails, we encourage you  to blaze your own!  

For those looking for a more challenging hike, Double E Ranch and New Mexico Cabin Rentals owns one of the few  private access points to nearly 15 square miles of public lands, which adjoins the vast  Gila Wilderness area and Gila National Forest.  They share this access with their guests.  Just across from your cabin you'll find a challenging hike, the Double E Ranch Trail taking you to the top of the ridge and the edge of "forever".  Imagine...standing before you is over 3,000,000 acres of mostly untouched, wild, pristine public lands!!   There are also unlimited, endless hiking trails for all levels of hikers in and around Silver City.  Check out the trails posted on websites for  Gila Hike and Bike and the Gila National Forest.

Horseback Riding:

The very best way to experience the 3,000,000 acre Gila National Forest is on the back of a horse,  the original four-wheel drive in New Mexico.   At New Mexico Cabin Rentals you have immediate access to a private trail adjoining nearly 15 square miles of public lands for either hiking or horseback riding. If you’d like to bring your own horse, remember this terrain is rugged and your horse needs to be either acclimated to this type of footing or be shod all around. Our elevation begins at 4800 ft and, depending on your direction and destination, climbs above 7000 ft.  For guided horseback tours Wolfhorse Outfitters offers a variety of options, from short hourly horseback rides to a full day of riding with lunch provided. 

Special thanks to Pierce Williams, owner of PieMan Productions for this stunning photo.  

Mountain Biking in Grant County and the Gila Forest

New Mexico Cabin Rentals is at 4800’ elevation and although we are part of the Gila Desert, it’s high desert, which means there are lots of elevation changes - as much as 2500'. There are box canyons, riverbeds, arroyos and draws, rolling and not so rolling hills. There are trail maps available from Gila Hike and Bike in Silver City, nothing is “lift-assisted”.  If you choose to mountain bike New Mexico Cabin Rentals 360 acre property, remember you have to get yourself back from wherever you go.

Stargazing: Darkest Skies - Brightest Stars!

The night skies here are just amazing which is why amateur and experienced astronomers flock to New Mexico to experience the densely star packed nights. Of course, one of the best places to view the millions of stars is right from the deck of your New Mexico Cabin Rental. Just remember that although New Mexico doesn’t have a lot of bugs, those that are here are attracted to light. To really enjoy the night skies, we recommend you leave your porch light off while sitting outside – you’ll see more stars and attract fewer pesky bugs. For true western ambiance, we’ve provided oil lanterns for your evenings out. If you’d like to get more serious about your nighttime activities, check out the Stars-N-Parks programs, sponsored at City of Rocks State Park by the National Public Observatory. Here's the 2017 Schedule as published by the Deming Headlight. 

Special thanks to David Thornburg for this lovely star-party photo. 

Geo Thermal Hot Springs in the Gila and Surrounding Areas

There are several hot springs in the National Forest and within hiking distance of the visitors center. Temperatures range from hot to very hot. Two of the most popular are Turkey Creek Hot Springs, Jordan Hot Springs and Lightfeather Hot Springs, just to name a few.

Turkey Creek Hot Springs is approximately a 5 mile drive from New Mexico Cabin Rentals.  It will be the nearest as a destination.  It's considered a hard hike.  Check Google Maps for location.

Gila - An Archaeological Dream!

Before the Apaches, the region was home to the Mimbrenos, an advanced pre-historic Indian culture. Highly artistic, they are known for their exquisite black-on-white pottery featuring nature motifs. Many of these sites, ruins, chards can be found at New Mexico Cabin Rentals.  The dwelling pictured above was found on what was once the Double E Ranch, now home to New Mexico Cabin Rentals.  The Mimbres made their homes farming and hunting along the Gila River and Bear Creek, living in pit houses, shallow caves and small cliff dwellings. Earlier Indian cultures most certainly lived in the area. Limited evidence of hunting by the earliest inhabitants (9500-6000BC) has been found in several highland areas. Widespread evidence of the Archaic Culture, which is considered part of the Cochise Culture dating from 6000 BC to 300 AD, has been found in the region. The site pictured above is located in he cliffs along Bear Creek, near Hells Half Acre, once part of the Double E Ranch.  The Mimbres Valley region is historically significant primarily because of the Mimbres Indians who lived here almost a thousand years ago.  It reached its zenith about C.E. 1050 in the Mimbres river valley 20 miles east of Silver City, New Mexico. Resource stress (sound familiar?) caused by overpopulation, drought and pressure (perhaps) from the emerging Chichimec Casas Grande power base, 100 miles to the south, put them out of business by 1130 C.E. They appear to have been a peaceful bunch with regular contact with other contemporaneous Southwestern cultures (Anasazi, Mogollon Tularosa, Hohokam and the Chichimec trading cultures).

Western New Mexico Museum Mimbres Nan Collection offers a great represenation of Mimbres pottery, painting style and life style.  It is located at 500 E. 18th Street in Silver City at the corner of Silver Heights Boulevard and Swan Street (across from CVS Pharmacy), Western New Mexico Museum in Watts Hall contains a temporary display of some of the most intriguing prehistoric Mimbres pottery from the museum’s NAN Ranch and Eisele Collections, and the Museum Shop on the Lower Level. When available, architectural renderings of the transformed Fleming Hall interior will be displayed in the Lower Level lobby.


Geology of the Gila National Forest

The geology of the national forests and grasslands in the Southwestern Region is one of the main attractions for the multitude of recreational visitors who come to enjoy the unique natural beauty of the southwestern landscapes. The back-drop of red sandstone mesas, black volcanic buttes, glaciated mountain ranges, dramatic canyon lands, remote caves, and historic mining ghost towns make the Southwestern national forests an exciting place to study geology and minerals. Many forest hiking trails and recreation sites are located in areas that exhibit spectacular geology, and in some instances, the geology itself is the main attraction. Whether it is the volcanic setting of the Valles Caldera National Preserve in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico, the red rock country of Sedona, or the “Sky Island” ranges composed of billion-year old granites in southern Arizona, the geology of the region is ever present and ultimately shapes our experiences while visiting these areas.

What can the discerning rockhound find?  A partial list includes:  agate from Apache Creek, Reserve and Luna; gem quality bytownite from Pueblo Park; apache tears (obsidian) from Mule Creek; fluorite from Gila and Deming; copper minerals from Hanover, Fierro and Lordsburg; zeolites from Gila Hot Springs; carnelian, jasper and thunder eggs from Deming; gold from Gold Gulch and Pinos Altos; and moonstone from Rabb Canyon.The forests and grasslands of the Southwestern Region host a variety of mineral resources which provide needed commodity products to our society and the local economy. Some of these include oil and gas, geothermal energy, copper, gold, limestone, pumice, sand, gravel, and building stone. Taking care of the land during and following the mining process is a key element of the Forest Service’s policy with regard to mineral resource extraction activities.  

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