Field Trips

The 14th Annual Gila River Festival offers a range of field trips that foster a deeper intimacy with the Gila River. 

On-line registration for field trips opens July 1, 2018. 

9/19 UPDATE: The forecast is for rain starting Wednesday 9/19 through Thursday 9/20. Please note that field trips leave rain or shine. Be prepared with your rain gear. Because safety is our top priority, field trip locations may be modified based on conditions on the ground.

 
 
 Photo: Sonnie Sussillo

Photo: Sonnie Sussillo

Wildlife on a Scenic River with Carol Martin, Sonnie Sussillo & Linda Moore Lee

Thursday, September 20, 7:30 am - noon; Participant Limit: 10; Fee: $20; Difficulty: moderate

Come join us to explore an important riparian habitat that supports a variety of species, including threatened and endangered species. We will look for tracks, signs, and other indications of species of interest along the way, and talk about the dependence of these species on a healthy river. One of the best ways to protect a river is to designate it as Wild and Scenic, and this stretch of the Gila is proposed for that designation.

Of course, we can’t promise what animal tracks you’ll see along the Gila River, but common sightings are black bear, raccoon, skunk, deer, javelina, great blue heron, turkey, and numerous small rodents and reptiles. Less common are ringtail, bobcat, and mountain lion; coatimundi are rare but found occasionally. It’s a jungle out there!

Bring water, hat, sturdy hiking shoes, sunscreen, and snacks. If you have a tracking book and small ruler, feel free to bring those; the field trip includes a tracking handout. Moderate difficulty: walking/hiking up to 3 miles on trail plus across river rock and uneven sandy surfaces along the river. No river crossings.  

 Meet  at  the  Murray  Ryan  Visitor  Center  at  7:15  am,  carpool  to  the  Gila  River  Bird  Area,  and  return  to  Silver  City  by  noon.  Travel  time:  45  minutes  each  way. 

 
 Photo: Gila Conservation Coalition

Photo: Gila Conservation Coalition

Wild Whitewater with Dave Menzie

Thursday, September 20, 7:45 am - 12 pm; Participant Limit: 10; Fee: $20 and $3 per vehicle at the Catwalk; Difficulty: easy

The  Catwalk  Recreation  Area  in  the  Gila  National  Forest  has  a  rich  mining  history  beginning  with  the  discovery  of  gold  and  silver  in  the  Mogollon  Mountains  above  Whitewater  Canyon.  In  the  1890s,  a  small  town  grew  around  a  mill,  although  neither  lasted  long.  Visitors  can  enjoy  the  beautiful  setting  by  using  the  catwalk  built  on  the  canyon  walls  by  the  Civilian  Conservation  Corps  in  the  1930s. 

In  2012,  the  Whitewater-Baldy  Fire  necessitated  the  rebuilding  of  some  of  the  Catwalk’s  trails  and  infrastructure;  the  first  part  of  the  trail  is  now  accessible  by  people  with  mobility  impairments.  Rushing  below  the  Catwalk  is  Whitewater  Creek,  a  tributary  of  the  San  Francisco  River  in  the  Gila  basin.  A  14-mile  stretch  of  Whitewater  Creek,  beginning  at  its  headwaters  near  Center  Baldy  in  the  Mogollon  Mountains,  is  proposed  for  Wild  and  Scenic  River  designation.   

On this field trip, even those who think they know the Catwalk will gain a new appreciation for its natural and cultural history. Field trip leader Dave Menzie is a geologist with a knack for translating complicated geological information into language the rest of us can understand and appreciate. The Catwalk is a trip into part of New Mexico’s super volcano complex where Whitewater Creek has cut the rocks of the west wall of the Bursum Caldera. The Bursum and Cliff Dwelling Calderas form the heart of the Gila Wilderness and were active 20-35 million years ago.”

Please  bring  hat,  good  walking  shoes,  sunscreen,  water,  and  snacks.    This  is  the  only  Gila  River  Festival  field  trip  that  is  accessible  to  participants  with  mobility  impairments.  Round  trip  trail  is  less  than  1.5  miles.

Meet at the Murray Ryan Visitor Center at 7:30 a.m., carpool to the Catwalk Recreation Area, and return to Silver City by noon. Travel time: 1.25 hours each way.

 
 Photo: New Mexico True

Photo: New Mexico True

Horseback Ride to Fort Bayard with Joe Saenz & Doug Dexter - SOLD OUT

Thursday, September 20, 9:15 am - 12 pm; Participant limit: 3; Fee: $75; 

In this morning horseback ride, participants can open their eyes—and other senses—to the beauty of southwest New Mexico, and experience it the way people did in centuries past. Your guide is outf itt er Joe Saenz, the owner of WolfHorse Outf itt ers. He’s been taking people on rides—short trips into Fort Bayard, and multi-day excursions into the Gila Wilderness—for many years. Th is is a ride through the scenic foothills of the Pinos Altos Range/Fort Bayard Elk Refuge in the Gila National Forest. In this Apache campsite valley, you’ll encounter shallow canyons and Native American sites. It’s a great introduction to your surroundings and local Apache history.

All levels of riders are welcome. Please wear sturdy comfortable clothing, hat, gloves, and provide your own water and snacks.

Meet at Wolfhorse Outfitters home base, 125 Arenas Valley Rd., Arenas Valley, at 8:45 a.m.

 
 Photo: Nathan Newcomer

Photo: Nathan Newcomer

The Wild Lower San Francisco Canyon with Nathan Newcomer - SOLD OUT

Thursday, September 20, 7:30 am - 3:00 pm; Participant limit: 10; Fee: $20; Difficulty: Difficult - for experienced hikers only.

The scenery along the San Francisco River in the Lower San Francisco River Canyon – proposed as a Wild & Scenic River – is spectacular. This 17-mile stretch of the river, just before it enters Arizona, is perhaps where the San Francisco travels the most remote, isolated, and inaccessible segment of its journey. It is along this river reach that the San Francisco descends into a wild and pristine canyon comprised of an increasingly narrower and deeper series of tightly looped, entrenched meanders as it traverses an uplifted complex landscape of Miocene and Oligocene layered volcanic deposits over a thousand feet in thickness and some 18-26 million years old.  

This hike will take lead participants to the beginning of the Lower San Francisco River Box, where you will rest and explore the start of the gorge canyon. Expect a well-maintained trail for the majority of the hike. However, much of the trail will be out in the open with very little shade. Your reward at the end will be one of the most spellbindingly spectacular places in all of the Gila National Forest.   Hiking Distance is about 4 miles round trip, with numerous river crossings (10+) and significant elevation gain on the hike out of the canyon.

Meet at the Murray Ryan Visitor Center at 7:15 am, carpool to the Lower San Francisco River Canyon, and return to Silver City by 3:00 pm. Travel time: 1 hour each way.

 
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Gila River Archaeology and Ancient Technologies with Archaeology Southwest

Thursday, September 20; 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm; Participant Limit: 30; Fee: $20; Difficulty: Moderate

Join archaeologists Karen Schollmeyer and Allen Denoyer for a tour of the Gila River Farm archaeological site and hear about the latest discoveries from their 2018 excavations there. Karen will discuss unique archaeology of the Upper Gila and what they’ve learned about successful social and environmental adaptations to this environment from the 14th-century adobe rooms buried at this site. Participants will proceed to the Archaeology Southwest team’s summer fi eld camp outside Cliff , where they’ve been building a replica of a 14th century adobe structure. Participants will explore the structure and try some ancient technologies for themselves, including atlatls (a projectile weapon) and other tools Upper Gila residents used in ancient times. Allen will demonstrate flintknapping techniques for creating points and other tools out of local obsidian and other stone types.

Difficulty: ¼-mile walk on uneven ground in full sun. Bathrooms and shade are available near both locations. Please bring hat, water, sunscreen, and sturdy closed-toed walking shoes.

Meet at the Murray Ryan Visitor Center at 12:45 p.m., and drive to the Gila River Farm and archaeology field camp in Cliff , NM. 

 
 Photo: Gila Conservation Coalition

Photo: Gila Conservation Coalition

Wild Waters with Alex Mares  - SOLD OUT

Friday, September 21, 7:00 am - 3:00 pm; Participant Limit: 10; Fee: $22; Difficulty: Challenging

Field  trip  participants  will  travel  to  the  Gila  Cliff  Dwellings  National  Monument  to  experience  and  learn  about  how  a  prehistoric  Pueblo  people  lived,  and  how  they  depended  on  an  intimate  relationship  with  water.  

Field  trip  leader  Alex  Mares  will  lead  the  group  on  an  uphill  and  downhill  hike  to  a  12th  century  Mogollon  cliff  dwelling,  with  pictographs  inside  the  cave  ruins.  Mares  will  talk  about  the  importance  and  meaning  of  water  to  the  daily  lives  of  various  native  groups  of  the  area.  Field  trip  participants  will  also  visit  a  nearby  petroglyph  site.  

On  the  return  trip,  you’ll  stop  at  a  roadside  interpretive  display  about  the  Apache  bands  of  the  area,  as  well  as  the  Gila  River  itself.  Upon  nearing  Lake  Roberts,  there’s  a  visit  to  another  pictograph  site.  Discussion  on  the  importance  of  protecting  sacred  water,  and  the  Gila  River  in  particular,  will  be  emphasized  throughout  the  day.  

This  field  trip  visits  a  reach  of  the  Gila  River  that  is  proposed  for  Wild  and  Scenic  River  designation  –an  outstanding  way  to  defend  New  Mexico’s  last  wild  river.  

Field  trip  members  are  required  to  have  a  hat,  appropriate  footwear  for  hiking,  sunscreen,  at least  2  liters  of  water,  lunch  and  snacks  and  the  ability  to  hike  up  and  down  a  narrow  2  mi round  trip  canyon  trail,  with  an  elevation  gain  of  180  ft.  The  trail  is  at  roughly  6000' elevation,  is  unpaved,  uneven,  and  steep  in  some  places.   Difficulty level: Challenging.

Meet at the Murray Ryan Visitors Center at 6:45 am, carpool to Gila Cliff Dwellings, then rock art site near Lake Roberts and return to Silver City by 3pm. Travel time: approximately 2 hours each way. 

 
 Photo: Mike Fugagli

Photo: Mike Fugagli

Wild Birds on a Wild River with Mike Fugagli - SOLD OUT

Friday, September 21, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm; Participant Limit: 10; Fee: $18; Difficulty: moderate

Join  ornithologist  and  naturalist  Mike  Fugagli  for  a  field  trip  to  the  Gila  River  Bird  Area  in the  Gila  National  Forest.  You’ll  learn  about  general  riparian  ecology  as  well  as  birds.  This stretch  of  the  river  is  a  good  place  to  sight  the  common blackhawk,  which,  despite  its  name, is  found  only  in  relatively  undisturbed  riparian  areas.      More  than  200  species  of  birds  have been  documented  along  the  Gila  River  in  southwest  New  Mexico,  including  the  imperiled southwest  willow  flycatcher  and  yellow-billed  cuckoo.  While  you  will  not  encounter  200 species  of  birds  on  this  field  trip,  you  may  see  some  interesting  migrants  passing  through,  as well  as  year-round  residents.    Even  more  important,  as  you  walk  along  with  Mike Fugagli, you’ll  understand  the  importance  of  protecting  the  river.  Beginning  at  the  Gila  National Forest boundary,  and  continuing  for  twelve  miles  downstream  through  the  gorgeous  Gila  Middle Box,  this  stretch  of  the  river  has  been  proposed  for  Wild  and  Scenic  River  designation.  Bring a  hat,  sunscreen,  water,  snacks,  and  a  bird  guide  and  binoculars,  if  you  have  them.  This  is  a moderate  excursion,  as  there  are  no  river  crossings,  but  expect  uneven  terrain  and  some walking  through  brush.

 Meet at the Murray Ryan Visitors Center at 7:45 am, carpool to the Gila Bird Area, and return to Silver City by noon. Travel time: 45 minutes each way.    

 
 Photo: New Mexico True

Photo: New Mexico True

Horseback Ride to Fort Bayard with Joe Saenz & Doug Dexter

Friday, September 21, 9:15 am - 12 pm; Participant Limit: 3; Fee: $75

In this morning horseback ride, participants can open their eyes—and other senses—to the beauty of southwest New Mexico, and experience it the way people did in centuries past. Your guide is outfitter Joe Saenz, the owner of WolfHorse Outfitters. He’s been taking people on rides—short trips into Fort Bayard, and multi-day excursions into the Gila Wilderness—for many years. Th is is a ride through the scenic foothills of the Pinos Altos Range/Fort Bayard Elk Refuge in the Gila National Forest. In this Apache campsite valley, you’ll encounter shallow canyons and Native American sites. It’s a great introduction to your surroundings and local Apache history.

All levels of riders are welcome. Please wear sturdy comfortable clothing, hat, gloves, and provide your own water and snacks.

Meet at Wolfhorse Outfitters home base, 125 Arenas Valley Rd., Arenas Valley, NM 88022 at 8:45 am. 

 
 Photo: Nathan Newcomer

Photo: Nathan Newcomer

Gila Middle Box with Nathan Newcomer - SOLD OUT

Friday, September 21, 1 pm - 5 pm; Participant Limit: 12  Fee: $20 Difficulty: Challenging

The  Gila  Middle  Box,  downstream  of  the  Gila  River  Bird  Area,  has  been  proposed  for  Wild  and  Scenic  River  designation.  This  stretch  of  the  river  features  a  wide  riparian  floodplain  straddled  by  towering  mountains  with  deeply  incised  canyons.  The  farther  one  goes  down  the  river,  the  more  dramatic  the  canyon  walls  become.  The  overall  scenery  and  visual  attractions  along  the  river  are  highly  diverse  and  appealing.  Fremont  cottonwood,  narrowleaf  cottonwood,  Arizona  sycamore  and  Goodding’s  willow  characterize  the  area’s  beauty,  and  in  many  ways,  the  riverine  solitude  offers  an  unforgettable  and  tranquil  journey  into  the  subtle  essence  of  Gila  River  country. 

This  hike  will  head  down  river  towards  the  Gila  Middle  Box  itself.  Expect  a  well-maintained  trail  with  plenty  of  shade,  along  with  numerous  river  crossings.  Participants  will  stop  at  the  confluence  of  the  Gila  River  and  Faucet  Canyon,  and  marvel  over  the  wild  river’s  geology,  scenery,  and  wildlife  attributes.    Field  trip  leader  Nathan  Newcomer  will  point  out  features  of  the  river  that  make  it  eligible  for  Wild  and  Scenic  River  status,  and  talk  about  how  this  designation  will  protect  the  Gila  River  in  perpetuity.   

Hiking  Distance:  5  miles  round  trip  on  generally  good  trails,  with  some  walking  through  vegetation.  Expect  numerous  river  crossings  (10+)  with  uneven  river  beds.  Hiking  poles  help  with  stability.  Please  wear  hat,  sunscreen,  and  shoes  that  can  get  wet.  Bring  plenty  of  water  and  snacks.

Meet  at  the  Murray  Ryan  Visitor  Center  at  12:45  pm,  carpool  to  the  Gila  Bird  Area  parking  lot,  and  return  to  Silver  City  by  5:30  pm.  Travel  time:  1  hour  each  way.

 
 Photo: Gila Conservation Coalition

Photo: Gila Conservation Coalition

Landscapes of the Wild Gila River with Patrice Mutchnick

Friday, September 21; 1:15 pm - 5 pm; Participant Lmit: 15; Fee: $20; Difficulty: moderate

Explore  the  riparian  forests  of  the  Gila  River  floodplain  with  this  botanically  focused  field  trip.  Participants  will  explore  the  characteristics  that  make  the  Gila  River  ecologically  unique  as  they  hike  along  the  confluence  of  Mogollon  Creek  and  the  Gila  River.  Both  Mogollon  Creek  and  upstream  stretches  of  the  Gila  River  have  been  proposed  for  Wild  and  Scenic  River  designation,  and  this  field  trip  will  reveal  the  reasons  these  streams  are  eligible.  Come  witness  how  the  power  of  flood  events  led  to  the  restoration  of  this  sycamore-cottonwood  bosque.  You're  likely  to  see  a  diversity  of  native  trees,  shrubs,  and  other  flowering  plants  in  this  trip  to  the  verdant  Cliff-Gila  Valley  and  the  magnificent  Mogollon  Box.  Appearances  by  butterflies  and  an  array  of  birds  are  also  likely.  This  is  a  moderate  hike  of  about  two  miles  round  trip.  There  is  some  uneven  terrain,  but  essentially  no  elevation  gain.  No  river  crossings,  but  it  may  be  muddy  at  river’s  edge.  Please  bring  hat,  sturdy  hiking  shoes,  sunscreen,  plenty  of  water,  and  snacks.   

Meet  at  the  Murray  Ryan  Visitor  Center  at  1:00  pm,  carpool  to  the  Mogollon  Box  Day  Use  Area,  and  return  to  Silver  City  by  5:00  pm.

 
 Photo: Denise Blake

Photo: Denise Blake

Gila River Kayaking with Far Flung Adventures - SOLD OUT

Saturday, September 22, 9 am - 2 pm; Participant Limit: 15; Fee: $85; Difficulty: Difficult

The Gila River is America’s First Wilderness River, with its headwaters in the nation’s first designated wilderness area, the Gila Wilderness. Yet, the Gila has not been designated as a Wild and Scenic River, an oversight we are working to correct.

On this kayak trip, river runner Steve Harris and Todd Schulke will talk about the myriad reasons why the Gila River is eligible for Wild and Scenic River status. As you float along, you’ll see for yourself why Wild and Scenic designation is long overdue. We’re proposing this protection for river stretches both upstream and downstream of your trip, an easy 1.5–2 mile float through the lovely, pastoral Cliff-Gila Valley, which still supports healthy riparian areas.

Participants should bring: hat; sunglasses with retainer strap; shorts; short-sleeved shirt; sneakers, booties or water shoes (with sandals a distant second choice); 1–2 liters of water; lunch and snacks; sunscreen; and a lightweight shelled jacket in case of inclement weather. Far Flung Adventures will provide one-person inflatable kayaks, paddles, helmets and life jackets.

NOTE: Although extensive river experience is not necessary, please be realistic about your physical condition and make sure you’re capable of performing several short carries. To prevent injuries, the Gila River Festival reserves the right to limit this excursion to individuals in good physical condition.

We will contact participants with information on where to meet. If there is not enough water to float the Gila River, registration fees will be refunded in full.

 
 Photo: Mark Watson

Photo: Mark Watson

Birds of the Wild Mogollon Box with Mike Fugagli - SOLD OUT

Saturday, September 22, 7:45 am - noon; Participant Limit: 10; Fee: $20; Difficulty: moderate

Join ornithologist and naturalist Mike Fugagli for a field trip to the Mogollon Box Day Use Area in the Gila National Forest. Mogollon Creek flows out of the Gila Wilderness Area and into the Gila River here, and this confluence is home to many species of birds, as well as other wildlife.

Field trip leader Mike Fugagli knows this area quite well. As you stroll along the river’s edge, he will point out features of the floodplain and vegetation that make this area excellent bird habitat, and present the big picture about riparian ecology. More than 200 species of birds have been documented along the Gila River in southwest New Mexico, including the imperiled southwest willow flycatcher and yellow-billed cuckoo. While you will not encounter 200 species of birds on this field trip, you may see some interesting migrants passing through, as well as year-round residents.

Even more important, as you walk along with Mike Fugagli, you’ll understand the importance of protecting the river. Upstream of the Mogollon confluence, many miles of the Gila River and Mogollon Creek have been proposed for Wild and Scenic River designation.

Bring a hat, sunscreen, water, snacks, and a bird guide and binoculars, if you have them. This is a moderate excursion, as there are no river crossings, but expect uneven terrain and some walking through brush.

Meet at the Murray Ryan Visitors Center at 7:30  am, and drive to the Mogollon Box Day Use Area. Return to the Visitors Center by noon. Travel time:  45 minutes each way.

 
 Photo: Nathan Newcomer

Photo: Nathan Newcomer

Mineral Creek with Nathan Newcomer - SOLD OUT

Saturday, September 22, 8 am - 2pm; Participant limit: 12; Fee: $20; Difficulty: challenging

See  for  yourself  why  Mineral  Creek,  a  tributary  of  the  San  Francisco  River,  has  been  proposed  for  Wild  and  Scenic  River  designation.  This  stream  features  several  narrow  slot  canyons  that  are  astoundingly  constricted  and  tight,  surrounded  by  intriguing  rock  formations.  The  geological  wonders  and  scenery  in  this  section  of  Mineral  Creek  are  truly  beautiful.  The  trail  gives  way  to  solid  bedrock  filled  with  interesting  stream-filled,  circular  potholes  in  the  stream  bottom.  These  holes  are  the  result  of  repeated  grinding  action  over  thousands  of  years  as  colored,  rounded  pebbles  and  cobbles  of  rock  from  the  bottom  of  the  holes  get  caught  up  in  the  churning  whirlpool  action  of  the  rushing  creek  waters  during  floods.    For  the  seasoned  and  curious  hiker,  and  for  those  who  relish  the  thrill  of  teasing  out  well-hidden  clues  of  times  gone  by  in  a  spectacular  setting,  a  hike  up  Mineral  Creek  to  explore  the  overgrown  remnants  of  the  all-but-forgotten  Camp  Cooney  offers  a  time-travel  journey  of  intrigue  and  exceptional  insight  into  the  early  pioneer  history  of  the  Mogollon  Mining  District.    Hiking  Distance:  4  miles  round  trip.  Expect  numerous,  usually  shallow,  stream  crossings  (10+)  and  uneven  terrain.  Please  bring  hat,  sturdy  walking  shoes  that  can  get  wet,  sunscreen,  plenty  of  water,  lunch,  and  snacks.  

Meet  at  the  Murray  Ryan  Visitor  Center  at  7:45  am,  carpool  to  Mineral  Creek,  and  return to Silver  City  by  2:00  pm.  Travel  time:  1.5  hours  each  way.

 
 Photo: Gila Conservation Coalition

Photo: Gila Conservation Coalition

Fly Fishing Field Trip

Sunday, September 23, 8:30 am - 3 pm; Participant Limit: 12 (including kids) Fee: $22 for adults/$12 kids (12 and under) Children are welcome on this field trip, and must be registered and accompanied by an adult.

Join Jeff Arterburn and other experienced fishing guides from Trout Unlimited for an outing to Lake Roberts and nearby Sapillo Creek. At Lake Roberts, you will learn the rudiments of fishing dry flies, wet flies, nymphs and streamers, the basic knots, and the first-step mechanics of casting a fly. Then head just down the road to practice your new skills on a small stream, Sapillo Creek, which has been proposed for Wild and Scenic River designation. The where-to-go and how-to of Gila area game fish (various trout, smallmouth bass, carp etc.) will also be reviewed.  

Jeff Arterburn has taught this fun, informal fishing workshop for the Gila River Festival several times, and always receives rave reviews. In addition to teaching participants about fly fishing, Jeff will discuss the importance of protecting our rivers, including the Gila and the Sapillo, with Wild and Scenic River designation. You’ll see for yourself why the Sapillo deserves this special status.

Please bring: Your fly fishing gear (but if you don't have any we'll rig you up), hat, sunscreen, wading shoes (we'll be crossing the creek), snacks, lunch, and plenty of drinking water.

Fishing license required. You can purchase one online at https://onlinesales.wildlife.state.nm.us.  All NM Dept. of Game & Fish rules and regulations apply.

Meet at the Murray Ryan Visitors Center at 8:15 am, carpool to Lake Roberts, and return to Silver City by 3:00 pm. Travel time: approximately one hour each way. 

 
 Photo: Gila Conservation Coalition

Photo: Gila Conservation Coalition

Sacred Waters: Horseback Trip with Joe Saenz - CANCELLED

Sunday, September 23, 9 am - 4 pm; Participant Limit: 8; Fee: $95 (includes use of horse and all gear) 

This horseback ride takes participants into the heart of Chiricahua Apache territory, along the River of Creation, Huu-Li. What we know today as the Gila River and its headwaters have been sacred to the Chiricahua Apache since time immemorial. They knew intimately its waters, valleys, canyons, forests, deserts, mountains, and mysteries.

Outfitter Joe Saenz will lead participants along the waters of the Gila River near the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. He’ll share the Gila trails used by the ancestors, tales of the ancient waterway, and stories of Native Americans’ relationships with the Gila. As you ride along the wild river and listen to its song, you’ll see for yourself why this river inspired such devotion in the Native peoples who lived here long ago, and why their efforts to protect it continue to this day. Standing with them now are many others who have grown to love the Gila River and are working to secure Wild and Scenic River status for many miles of this iconic river, as it runs through what is now the nation’s first designated wilderness area.

All levels of riders are welcome. Please wear sturdy comfortable clothing, hat, gloves, bandana, and provide your own water, sack lunch, and snacks.

Meet at Woody’s Corral, off Hwy 15 en route to Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument at 9:00 am. For directions: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/gila/recarea/?recid=82304. Allow 1.75 hours to drive from Silver City to Woody’s Corral.