Located just five miles outside of Silver City is a pinyon, juniper forest with hiking trails. Wildlife includes javalinas and mountain lions. A popular hike is the Continental Divide Trail shared by hikers and bikers which runs about 20 miles through this area.
To reach the trailhead from Silver City, head north on SR15 for 14 miles. The trailhead is located on the west side of the road and is identified by a sign. Trailhead parking for approximately two vehicles is located on the west side of the highway. Additional parking is available 200 yards north at the junction of Hwy. 15 and Forest Road 154.
Overall, Continental Divide Trail - Bookan Forest is the 2nd most popular hiking trail of all 39 hikes in New Mexico.