Hiking The Wood Haul Wagon Ruts Trail

The 27th most popular hiking trail in New Mexico.

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East of Silver City and north of Santa Clara, the Wood Haul Wagon Ruts Trail is a 6 mile hiking route from Fort Bayard Administrative Site To Wagon Wheel Ruts. This route is shared by hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians.

To reach the trailhead from Silver City, follow US180 to St. Clara and turn onto the Fort Bayard Medical Center access road. Pass the hospital complex by taking the right fork till you get to the sign with Forest Road 536. This will take you to the Fort Bayard Administrative Site Trailhead and parking is 1/10 mile west of the junction of forest Roads 536 and 929. Trailhead and parking is located by the Fort Bayard Adminstrative Site. A toilet and hitching posts are located at the trailhead. Motorized use is prohibited beyond this point. No water is available at the trailhead.

Overall, Wood Haul Wagon Ruts Trail is the 27th most popular hiking trail of all 39 hikes in New Mexico. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Wood Haul Wagon Ruts Trail including Continental Divide Trail - Bookan Forest, Black Range Crest Trail, Granny Mountain, Sawmill Wagon Road Recreation Trail, Turkey Creek Trail and West Fork TrailFort Bayard Big Juniper Tree 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/

Date Published:  12/28/2015

Date Updated:  8/1/2016

ID:  15171


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