03-28-12 – A hike with views of a monastery – Silver City, New Mexico

This is the monastery's newer building.


I love the area north of Silver City, up Little Walnut Rd. I know several people who live in the area and always enjoy the pine trees and mountain views. Today, I thought it would be interesting to walk up Owen’s Rd – a road I had only been on one other time. There are several long range views including of the Monesterio de Nuestra Senora Santa Maria. Here is a link with a bit of information about the monastery.   http://www.ourladyofguadalupemonastery.com

The tower of the older building.


The entrance - that's as far as we went!


As we walked along, we encountered a monk on a bicycle, going for the mail. We also met a man on an ATV who asked us if we lived in the area. I suspect he was hinting that we shouldn’t be there, but he was pleasant enough and just asked us a few questions and moved on. I had heard that people in this area keep to themselves; we were sure to stay on the road and not intrude onto private property.


Not a bad little view of the Gila National Forest.


The hike was on a dirt road, as my companion is not in shape for trails. There was a variety of hills, but all in all, an easier hike. Cody enjoyed chasing a wide variety of deer. I kept seeing flashes of brown, and then a black-and-white blur, running across the road and then back again.

What can I say, the border collie loves herself some deer tail!


4.08 miles / 2.00 hours

49 down / 51 to go






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 March 29, 2012, in Challenge, Gila National Forest, Hiking, New Mexico, Outdoor Activities, Southwest and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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