Wednesday, January 4, 2012 – Fort Bayard Game Preserve – Dirt Road

Twin Sisters in the Distance


Today was the first day that Frank was able to join me on my hiking challenge. He broke his foot on a hike we did in August and is finally mended enough to go (He broke the foot sliding down a steep slope in the Mimbres!). Since we walked 4.52 miles, I’d say he did great! It pleases me to see him getting active and feeling better; he’s had a HELL of time over the past 14 months! We stayed on dirt roads so that he didn’t have to strain that foot over loose rock and such.


My boys


We walked up the Forest Service Road from Fort Bayard Historical Sight for about 1.7 miles. It’s a nice stretch of rolling hills with mountains in the background. Good ranch land with some streams and trees about. We checked out the ruins of the old Fort Bayard; an old foundation, some concrete debris, a mysterious lone chimney in the distance, and of course, the ever looming water tower which is visible from most places in the area. The road is named Forest Service Nursery Road because there are fenced in areas along the road with trees growing in them. A research project for sure!


Fort Bayard Cemetary - can you see the moon in the distance?


When we got back to the car, we decided to check out the cemetery and pay our respects to our fallen soldiers. I enjoyed taking photographs and of course got yet another one of the “Kneeling Nun”.


The gates of the cemetary with the Kneeling Nun in the distance.

Hey! I just realized that 11 different people have joined me on my hikes; this is wonderful!


4.52 miles / 2.0 hours

29 down / 71 to go



See Spots run!





About Gila Hiker

First I hiked 100 different trails in a year, now I write a monthly article in Desert Exposure about a local hike. Come on out to Silver City..... and bring your hiking gear!

Posted on January 5, 2012, in Gila National Forest, Hiking, New Mexico, Outdoor Activities, Southwest and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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