Silver City Outlaw Heritage Ride
Im planning on traveling the state to visit historic sites of the wild west, with a particulariinterestin Billy the kid. I plan on visiting silver city and would like to check out and historical sites. Also I will be riding while I'm there.
So, any one know of some good historic spots in or around silver city? How are the trails? What are the easist ones to find? Any barly rideable trails? Maybe somone from town could show me around?
Silver City Outlaw Heritage Ride
City of rocks is cool and the camping is decent too. It's way out there though. Until you are right up on it you can't imagine there is anything worth seeing. But it is and this is the time to go. Summer is hot and spring is windy.
I also read recently that Fort Bayard is for sale. Not outlaw history per se but interesting. The original fort was established and built by a Buffalo Soldier regiment. I met one descendent of these military pioneers down in silver city and there may be more.
And of course the mining corps are their own kind of outlaws. The Santa Rita mine is a nasty eyesore! But it would be cool to ride to the bottom of it some day...
Less Heritage more outlaw.
I made it down to silver city wife kids dog and everyone. We had a good time but as expected there wasn't much to find in the way of Wild west Historical sites. The Town itself is an old mining town and the locals do a good job maintaining the old drag.
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Saturday morning I got up at 5am and rode Gomez peak/ little walnut while everyone was still sleeping. The trail head is right in town and was only 10 min for our hotel. The terrain is very similar to Otero. Some sections are much steeper and there is generally more rocks and bigger ones. I just did a short 3 hr ride but still got a good feel for the area. There were lots of bootleg turn offs and It would seem the locals have a lot more going on then what the trail map would show. The system itself isn't the biggest if your looking to just put up some miles BUT it does have a connecter to the continental divide trail so you could go really far if you wanted.
I did a loop up to 80 peak down dragons tail the climbed all they way up to the top of gomez peak took some pictures fell in a cactus and went home. The trail guide says bikes stay away from Gomez peak I don't know why the climb wasn't bad and with the exception of a long rock stair case it was all doable. The best downhill section i found was dragons tail from point 7 to 8. Angels loop is also cool and also mountain loop.. Actually it was all cool and am planning on going back
<a href=http://www.wnmuoutdoors.org/PDF/Map_GomezPeak.pdf> Gomez peak map</a>
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The next ride was <a href=http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/cityofrocksstatepark.html>City of Rocks. </a> It was my favorite. Its perfect for riders with kids that like camping. The state parks is centered around what i would describe as a stone forest. Camp sites surround the stone center where rock spires surround you with many paths in out and around the rocks. The kids have fun exploring and thanks to trails spray painted onto the rock floor you can ride around and explore as well. The park is well attended to there is a desert botanical garden along with an observatory. The different rocks are named after constellations. .... Also there is a 50 foot rock in the shape of an erect penis
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Last we did Ft bayard trails from the dragon fly trail head. my daughter rode and i walked. I had a good feeling it was going to be buffed out XC trails and i was right. perfect for little kids that still need to be spotted while riding. We made our way to the site of a dragon fly petroglyph and then headed home. The area surrounding the petroglyph is really pretty. A high rock out crop that a stream bends around complete with tiny water falls to set the mood.
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So the outlaw ride will have to wait for another day.. next trip is to Lincoln where the Billy the Kid history is easy to find, there might even be some trails too