Wood Haul Wagon Ruts Horseback Riding

The 10th most popular equestrian 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 horseback riding route from Fort Bayard Administrative Site To Wagon Wheel Ruts. This route is shared by hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians.

To reach the horseback riding 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 is the 10th most popular horse trail of all 22 horseback rides in New Mexico. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Wood Haul Wagon Ruts including Granny Mountain Trail, Sawmill Wagon Road NRT, Black Canyon Trail, Black Range Crest 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 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:  12/25/2015

Date Updated:  7/7/2016

ID:  15172


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