Sawmill Wagon Road For Mountain Biking

The 17th most popular mountain bike trail in New Mexico.

East of Silver City, the Sawmill Wagon Road National Recreation Trail (#243) is a 10 mile mountain bike route from Arenas Valley Trailhead To Junction of Trail 74 with elevations from 6,500 feet to 8,000. The trail was an integral part of the original Fort Bayard Military Reservation in the late 1800s. Soldiers used the trail to transport fuelwood and construction timber from the high ponderosa pine forests of the Pinos Altos Mountain Range to the military reservation. Currently, the trail is used by hikers, bikers, and equestrians wanting a quick and historic day of exploring.

To reach the mountain biking trailhead from Silver City travel east on US Hwy. 180 approximately 4 miles to the Arenas Valley Road. Travel the Arenas Valley Road 1.5 miles north. The trailhead is at the end of the road. Parking at the Arenas Valley Trailhead is limited to six vehicles. There is no water available.

Overall, Sawmill Wagon Road is the 17th most popular mountain bike trail of all 53 mountain biking rides in New Mexico.

Fort Bayard Trails in Gila NF (NM/US)

Fort Bayard Trails in Gila NF (NM/US)

Fort Bayard Trails in Gila NF (NM/US)

Fort Bayard Trails in Gila NF (NM/US)

MORE INFORMATION

Local Contact(s):  GNF (505) 388-8201; Silver City CoC (800) 548-9378; NM Tourism (800) SEENEWM; Gila Hike & Bike (505) 388-3222.

Recommended Book:  "Mountain Biking New Mexico" from Sarah L. Bennett

Recommended Map:  "Trail Map For Telluride, Silverton, Ouray" from Trails Illustrated

Best Season:  Mar. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Greyfeathers B&B (505) 536-3206; Spirit Canyon Lodge (505) 536-9459

Luxury Loding:  The Cottages (800) 938-3001; Bear Creek Cabins; Bear Mountain Lodge (877) 620-2327

Breakfast Restaurant:  Diannes, Silver City

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/r3/

Date Published:  

Date Updated:  7/25/2016

ID:  14311

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