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Experience the Wonders of Southwestern New Mexico

Silver City is the gateway to the Gila National Forest and Wilderness. It is 3.3 million acres of some of the finest mountain scenery in the Southwest. It provides a range of recreational activities including hiking, fishing, horseback riding and bird watching. The elevation (4000 – 10,000 ft) as well as the hilly terrain attracts those cyclists who enjoy a challenge.
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Fort Bayard was built in 1866 to house the soldiers engaged in the Apache Campaign and was home of the famous “Buffalo Soldiers.” Its 468 acres include many of the original buildings and park-like grounds. Tours are given on Saturdays and by request. Fort Bayard Days held in September bring the history of the Fort to life with reenactments and historical figures. There are also several hiking trails including one to the site of a 600-year-old Alligator Juniper. Located nearby is a National Cemetery.

Pinos Altos, an old mining town, was settled in the 1840s.The Buckhorn Saloon has been here since 1880. Its bar and restaurant have an authentic Old West atmosphere. From May through October, the Hearst Church houses the Grant County Art Guild’s varying art exhibits. The Pinos Altos Museum is located in a log cabin built in 1866.

The Gila Cliff Dwellings located north of Silver City were built in the late 13th century. There are 42 rooms located in 5 caves that you visit by walking a 1-mile round trip trail. There is also a Visitor’s Center with displays and information. This is a good day trip (5-6 hours drive time round trip) to take from Silver City. Along the way you will enjoy the wonderful scenery of the Gila Wilderness and the Mimbres River Valley.

The Catwalk of Whitewater Canyon is located outside the town of Glenwood northwest of Silver City. Follow the trail and metal causeway along the canyon walls; enjoy the sound of the creek and possibly waterfalls; a cool spot to be on a hot day. Recently renovated by the Forest Service, it is now more accessible and a great place to hike and picnic.

City of Rocks State Park is located south of Silver City. Explore the many fantastic rock formations formed from volcanic activity and shaped by erosion. Take a picnic lunch, sit under a shade tree and enjoy a moment of reflection while watching the birds, butterflies and lizards. Once a month the City of Rocks hosts a star party. Our dark skies make wonderful nighttime viewing.

“Spectacular, Fabulous cycling! Loved the Gila Wilderness and beautiful vistas!” ~ Tom &Carole, Burlington, VT
“All of your suggestions were great—we had a lovely time.” ~ Thank you. Jim & Joan, Lakeside, MI