East of Silver City and north of Santa Clara, the Fort Bayard Big Juniper Tree Trail is a 5 mile horseback riding loop. It runs from Fort Bayard Adminstrative Site Trailhead To Arenas Valley Trailhead. The route is shared by hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians.
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, Fort Bayard Big Juniper Tree Trail is the 12th most popular horse trail of all 22 horseback rides in New Mexico.