Crest Trail Horseback Riding

The 13th most popular equestrian trail in New Mexico.

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Northeast of Glenwood, the Crest Trail (#182) is a 12 mile horseback riding route with elevations ranging from 9,100 feet to 10,800 with spectacular views of the Gila. This trail is known as the Crest Trail because it generally follows the crest of the Mogollon Mountains from Sandy Point to Mogollon Baldy in the Gila Wilderness. Most of this trail is in old growth mixed conifer and offers some of the most spectacular views of the Gila National Forest. There is a fire look-out tower located at Mogollon Baldy. It runs from Sandy Point to Mogollon Baldy Mountain.

To reach the horseback riding trailhead from Silver City, head to Glenwood via Highway 180. Go north out of Glenwood 5 miles to Highway 159. Take Highway 159 to Sandy Point (approx. 20 miles or 1 hour).

Overall, Crest Trail is the 13th most popular horse trail of all 22 horseback rides in New Mexico.

Crest Trail Horseback Riding Map



Local Contact(s):  GNF (505) 539-2481; Silver City CoC (800) 548-9378; NM Tourism (800) SEENEWM; Gila Hike & Bike (505) 388-3222.

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

Best Season:  Mar. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  33.37239, -108.68537

Date Published:  1/6/2016

Date Updated:  8/6/2016

ID:  14306

Crest Trail Horseback Riding Map


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