I left Florida feeling satisfied after getting my ocean fix and spending quality time with my mom. Thankfully spring break wasn't over yet and I was itching to get to the high country. Our friends who got us hooked on mountain biking had done their research and found that Gila National Forest offered some of the best single track for biking. We rented a cabin on the edge of the trails, packed up the Subaru, and headed for the hills!
We didn't waste any time during our 4-day adventure in New Mexico. The trails were diverse, ranging from smooth single track (above) to the rugged Continental Divide Trail (below). We spent one morning hiking the Jordan River to Lightfeather hot springs.. I was mesmerized by the cool blue water. After months in Phoenix without any source of fresh water we were all relishing in the landscape of Gila National Forest.
Most people come to Gila National Forest to see the Cliff Dwellings, which are a National Monument thanks to Teddy Roosevelt. We moseyed up there one of our mornings before hitting the trails, and although it was an hour and a half drive I think it was still worth it. There are plenty of other trails in proximity to incorporate into your day to make up for the winding road that leads to the dwellings. We stayed at the Pinos Altos cabins which were a great deal for four of us, offering plenty of space and comfort. I have also heard great things about the Bear Creek cabins as well.
One thing is for sure if you come through Silver City - you would be a fool to leave town without eating at Don Juan's drive through burritos. New Mexico has the science of burritos on lock down, and Don Juan might as well be the godfather. If I'm not back for the world class mountain biking I'll for sure return to Gila National Forest for a chile relleno burrito.
I am an outdoor and travel junkie who is currently completing my doctorate in occupational therapy overseas in rural Fiji. On Sweet World Travels you will find stories of my life with my husband, the communities we serve, and the many adventures we take.