Sawmill Wagon Road NRT Horseback Riding
The 6th most popular equestrian trail in New Mexico.
Friday 5 August 2016 03:58 GMT
East of Silver City, the Sawmill Wagon Road National Recreation Trail (#243) is a 10 mile horseback riding 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 horseback riding 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 NRT is the 6th most popular horse trail of all 22 horseback rides in New Mexico. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Sawmill Wagon Road NRT including Black Canyon Trail, Black Range Crest Trail, Granny Mountain Trail, Turkey Creek Trail, West Fork Trail, Fort Bayard Big Juniper Tree Trail and Wood Haul Wagon Ruts.