Hike #88 – Elephant Butte – Cowboy Action Shoot


For the first time in the 12 years that we’ve lived here, we are visiting Elephant Butte and attending a Cowboy Action Shoot at the range of the our friends, The Monticello Range Riders. While Chico Cheech (aka Frank) tried his hand at the long range lever action rifle targets, I took the dogs in the opposite direction for a hike among the sand dunes (we didn’t want to be mistaken for the long distance targets after all!!). We saw a few lizards and had chase on a few jack rabbits – the wild life winning out over lethargic dogs.

We headed out in the direction of the lake and quickly detour off the trail and through the sand dunes. There is very little brush out here and I was humming “tumblin’ tumble weeds” (that’s Russian Thistle) for much of the way. I was able to take several long range photos of the mountains and lake along the way. Thank goodness there was cloud cover or this one would have been hotter than my liking!

I’m pretty sure this hike was my lowest altitude hike coming in at 4515.


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4.09 Miles / 2.0 Hours

88 down /12 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 August 20, 2012, in Challenge, Gila National Forest, Hike, Nature, New Mexico, Outdoor Activities, Outdoors, Silver City, Southwest and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Great pictures!

  2. The landscape is arid, but still starkly beautiful. I’m glad the cloud cover kept the temperatures down.

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