Hiking The Sawmill Wagon Road Recreation Trail

The 14th most popular hiking trail in New Mexico.

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East of Silver City, the Sawmill Wagon Road National Recreation Trail (#243) is a 10 mile hiking 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 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.

Overall, Sawmill Wagon Road Recreation Trail is the 14th most popular hiking trail of all 39 hikes in New Mexico. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Sawmill Wagon Road Recreation Trail including Continental Divide Trail - Bookan Forest, Black Range Crest Trail, Granny Mountain, Turkey Creek Trail, West Fork Trail and Fort Bayard Big Juniper Tree TrailWood Haul Wagon Ruts Trail.

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)


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:  "Hiking New Mexico" from Laurence Parent

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/

GPS:  32.8018, -108.1851

Date Published:  1/2/2016

Date Updated:  8/1/2016

ID:  14309


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