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New Mexico Cabin Rentals Offers Things to Do Adjacent to the Gila National Forest! 

Bird Watching for amateurs or professional ornithologists, hiking, biking, cycling, geo caching (the modern day "hide and seek"), star gazing our dark skies, rock hounding our rugged volcanic terrain or spectacular photographic opportunities all happen at  slower pace in and around New Mexico Cabin Rentals. Spend the day in our quaint Village of Gila that offers a variety of conveniences and fun things to do.

With consistently beautiful, mild weather year round weather, affordable furnished lodging at New Mexico Cabin Rentals adjacent to the Gila National Forest is the perfect spot for your next vacation adventure! Wander our eco-friendly 360 acres  along Bear Creek Canyon in our hidden valley at. Lined by giant cottonwood, juniper and sycamore trees, it's possible to spot as many as 180 indigenous and migratory birds along the nearly 2 miles of Bear Creek.  As recorded by the biologist from the Bureau of Land Management, this is truly a unique eco-zone of untouched and pristine natural beauty. You'll find cabin vacation lodging at New Mexico Cabin Rentals where it's easy to unplug from the stressful rush of urban life, walk a short distance from your cabin door and enjoy. 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. Bird watching, hiking the Double E Ranch Trailhead, geocaching, star gazing in dark New Mexico Skies, rockhounding, or photography all happen at your own pace.  It won't take long for you to reconnect with your own natural rhythm. Here is a list of the many activities you can enjoy while at New Mexico Cabin Rentals at Double E Ranch. Honestly, your imagination is the only limit to what you can do or experience. What are you waiting for?!

Bird Watching | Riparian Area | New Mexico Cabin Rentals | Near Silver City

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

Bird Check List at New Mexico Cabin Rentals

Recent Birding Report

Map of Birding Areas in Gila Forest Area

Hiking Opportunities | New Mexico Cabin Rentals | Double E Ranch Trail | Gila National Forest

Hiking at New Mexico Cabin Rentals!  You live in a city with millions of people.  Imagine yourself standing on top of a peak looking toward the Gila National Forest and the majesty of nearly 3 million acres of the least utilized National Forest land in the country!  This is the kind of 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 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!   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 Trail at New Mexico Cabin Rentals is one of the few privately owned  adjacent access points to  hundreds of miles of public land, including the Gila Wilderness area and Gila National Forest.   This access is shared with our guests at New Mexico Cabin Rentals.  Follow the signs, just a short walk from your cabin or guesthouse you'll find the Double E Ranch Trailhead,  taking you to the top of the ridge and the edge of "forever".  Imagine...standing before you is the Gila National Forest and over 3,000,000 acres of mostly untouched, wild, pristine public lands!!  Unlimited, endless hiking trails for all levels of hikers in and around Silver City, are just a short drive from your cabin. Check out the trails posted on websites for  Gila Hike and Bike and the Gila National Forest.

Bring Your Own Horse - Horseback Ride in the Gila

Bring your own horse and discover the very best way to experience much of the 3,000,000 acre Gila National Forest,  the original four-wheel drive in New Mexico.   At New Mexico Cabin Rentals you have immediate access to the private Double E Ranch Trail adjoining nearly 25 square miles of public lands for either hiking or horseback riding.  Bring your own horse and discover the southwest!  At New Mexico Cabin Rentals, the horseback riding is unlimited!

Our elevation begins at 4800 ft and, depending on your direction and destination, climbs above 7000 ft.  We can provide either covered stalls or open pens if you bring your own horses.  We have a 130x280 arena with excellent footing as well as a hot walker, wash rack and round pen for tuning up your mounts.  Plenty of trailer parking and a tack room, too, are available.  New Mexico Cabin Rentals at Double E Ranch can offer you 360 acres of private property that includes Bear Creek, thick cottonwood and sycamore trees and plenty of wildlife.  You also have private access to nearly 25 square miles of public State of NM and Federal land by using the Double E Ranch Trailhead.  Wide open vistas, incredible scenery, and great weather provide the perfect opportunity to ride your horse all year long!  

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

Biking & Cycling | Silver City NM | Gila National 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. Best Trails to Biking and Cycling!

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.

New Mexico Vacation Cabins in Southwest NM

Enjoy a 360 degree viewing area of the night sky at the Cosmic Campground on the Glenwood Ranger District.  By using New Mexico Cabin Rentals as your home base, the Glenwood Ranger District is  35 miles northwest of your cabin, where you'll have access to one of the few International Dark Sky Sanctuaries in the world! Here, you can experience some of the darkest, clearest night skies perfect for amateur and experienced astronomers alike, who flock to New Mexico to enjoy the densely star packed nights. 

Of course, one of the most comfortable places to view millions of stars is right from the deck of your cozy cabin.  To really enjoy the night skies, we recommend you leave your porch and inside lights 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. 

The photo above is one of many taken of the night-time sky at New Mexico Cabin Rentals at Double E Ranch, Gila NM

Hot Springs | Near Gila Forest | New Mexico Cabin Rentals

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.

Native Ruins | Lodging Near Silver City, NM | Archaeology

An archaeological dream for amateur artifact enthusiasts can be found near the Gila National Forest and New Mexico Cabin Rentals! Before the Apaches, the region near New Mexico Cabin Rentals 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.  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  is located in the cliffs along Bear Creek, not too far from 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 representation of Mimbres pottery, painting style and life style.  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.  Currently, the Museum Collection is closed to educators, researchers and the public due to renovation expected to be completed sometime in 2019.

Geology | Gila Forest Region | Geocaching

From rustic lodging at New Mexico Cabin Rentals near Silver City, NM, the geology of the national forests and grasslands in the Southwestern Region come to life and 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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