Silver City, New Mexico

Campsite at Rose Valley RV Ranch in Silver City

Campsite at Rose Valley RV Ranch in Silver City

We arrived at Silver City, located in southern New Mexico and smack dab in the Gila National Forest, on January 14th.   Chris was apprehensive about this stop, as he thought the places of interest sounded touristy.  The next few days would change his mind about this destination.  The campsite was surprisingly secluded, as you can see in the picture, since we are about one block outside of the city. 

Yes, that is snow you see...

Yes, that is snow you see...

Our first stop was the Gila Cliff Dwellings located deep in the Gila National Forest. Rumor and research described the road in as very twisty and turny. Although it is only about 45 miles from where we are staying, they recommend about 2-2 1/2 hours to get there. We decided that would make a great day trip on the motorcycles.  We had to dress warm, as we woke up to about 23 degrees. Good thing we brought our snowmobile gear. The ride was well worth bravng the cold. The road was a hoot and the views were breathtaking along route 15, also known as “The Trail of the Mountain Spirits Scenic Byway”. 

Looking at the Gila Cliff Dwellings from below.

Looking at the Gila Cliff Dwellings from below.

The Gila cliff dwellings were built in the 1280s by the Pueblo’s.  The seven natural caves are high in the cliff and contain the ruins of the dwellings (about 42 rooms).  The vegetation and artifacts that are found around the cliff dwellings are a great representation of the Mogollon (muggy-own) way of life at that time.

View looking out toward the canyon from the Gila Cliff Dwellings

View looking out toward the canyon from the Gila Cliff Dwellings

 

Another view of the cliff dwellings

Another view of the cliff dwellings

Ansel Adams we are not but we liked the shot.

Ansel Adams we are not but we liked the shot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tha Catwalk at Whitewater Canyon

Tha Catwalk at Whitewater Canyon

The next day we headed out to “The Catwalk” at Whitewater Canyon (another section of the Gila National Forest).  This impressive canyon is home to a walkway that was once a water line.  This pipeline was established to provide water to a mining town at the bottom of the canyon.  Those who worked the original pipeline coined the term “Catwalk”. 

Timer shot of the day by a falls at Whitewater Canyon

Timer shot of the day by a falls at Whitewater Canyon

There were lots of great little waterfalls along the way.  We enjoyed trying to capture them as we walked the canyon. 

Another waterfall at Whitewater Canyon.

Another waterfall at Whitewater Canyon.

The Catwalk hike ended after 1.1 miles. Trail 207 continued on into the Gila Wilderness and we decided to extend our hike to see more of the canyon.  We hiked on, sometimes over snow and ice, for another mile before we returned for a round trip total of just over 4 miles.

Gila National Forest

Gila National Forest

It was such a pretty day we decided to take a “scenic road” for part of the way back.  We enjoyed many views of the Gila NF along this route. Chris enjoyed using the 4 wheel drive in the truck (if it is a dually, does that make it 6 wheel drive?).

3 Responses to “Silver City, New Mexico”

  1. The Mommie Unit says:

    The photo “View looking out towards the canyon from the Gila Cliff Dwellings” really got my mind to thinking, what life was like for the people who live in thoses caves. It must have been awesome and exciting for you guys to be standing in that spot probably wondering the same thing!

    On another note, I was wondering Kim how did your toes and our favorite sandals (like the red color!) hold up on the snow and ice maybe a pair of warm socks stuffed into your pocket for cold emergencies might be inorder just a suggestion.

    Mucho Love
    Mom

  2. admin says:

    You sound like a mom:) They were actually fine as long as we were moving. Love ya!

  3. Ted and Nat says:

    WELL, WAS “CHRIS TOO SEXY FOR THE CAT WALK?” We know Kim was! Got our tickets for April! Will send you details soon! Also, breif reference to a Bob and Doug skit, if you get frostbite on your toes, is Chris willing to put them in his mouth to save them??? Love you both, hope Hawaii is awesome! Love, Ted and Nat

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