All settled into Ruidoso, New Mexico and we chose to visit some trails that are only about two miles from the RV park. Heather went our for a hike and I decided to try a loop of trails that would take me to the top of Grindstone Mesa. The trails all start from the parking lot at Grindstone Lake and then branch out around the lake and up the mountains. The trails are fairly well maintained and do have a good variety of rocks to keep it interesting.
During the past several weeks while we have been in Silver City, New Mexico, I have had the opportunity to ride some great mountain biking trails. There are four main areas to ride: Little Walnut Trails, Fort Bayard Trail System, Boston Hill Open Space, and Signal Peak Trails. I found time to ride everything except the Signal Peak Trails.
Our last day in Silver City today, so we decided on a ride from the RV park out past Pinos Altos to the trail head area for Signal Peak. A nice 15 miles out and 15 miles back with right at 3,000 feet of climbing.
Last week we got a recommendation for a hike on the CDT (Continental Divide Trail) that would take us to a pair of mountains called the Twin Sisters. The photo above shows the Twin Sisters in the distance. These two mountains are easy to distinguish because of the white colored rock that appears to connect them together and they appear equal in height. We drove just past Pinos Altos, New Mexico and parked about 1/4 of a mile up a fire road.
A very windy Saturday so we decided on heading to the Gila National Forest for a hike. Just about five miles to the north of Silver City is the Gomez Peak/Little Walnut Trail System - very well maintained trails on the edge of the forest.
Cool today with a chance of rain - so we drove over to City of Rocks State Park, just 26 miles southeast of Silver City. Plenty of choices for day hikes, so we made a 6.5 mile loop using the Hydra Trail, Observation Point Trail, Table Mountain Trail, and the Planet Walk.
I don't think we would have ever heard about the Silver City area if it wasn't for my former Plano Parks and Recreation co-worker, Lynn Welsch, who told us about this area of New Mexico. Lynn and her husband, Phillip, retired to this area several years ago. They both keep busy in retirement - Lynn is a very gifted art quilter (Mountain Spirits Studio) and Phillip flies his experimental airplane. Phillip offered me a ride in his plane to see some of the area from a better perspective.
After recovering from volunteering at the Tour of the Gila, we visited the Gila Cliff Dwellings - a 44 mile drive north of Silver City. The drive takes about two hours as the roads twist and winds through the Gila National Forest - following the Trail of the Mountain Spirits National Scenic Byway.
Our first time to visit Silver City, New Mexico and we started our first week out by attending the opening stage of the Tour of the Gila. The first stage was a 151.3 km (94 mile) road race from Silver City to the ghost town area of Mogollon. The highlight of this stage is an uphill finish in the Mogollon Mountains, with 2,100 feet of climbing in the last 6 miles.
We arrived early to the race finish area just as set-up was beginning for the day. I ended up helping setup the awards stage, finish stage, and P.A. system. All those years of working special events for Plano Parks and Recreation has paid off in retirement :) Heather is posing just after we finished assembling the awards stage. I have volunteered to work the remainder of the event (four more days of racing) setting up and taking down the awards and finish areas - should be fun!