Silver City New Mexico & The Trail of the Mountain Spirits.

By David Danks

November 2013

Silver City is about 150 miles away. 100 miles to Lordsburg then 50 miles due north. I have done this ride twice with the scooter club.Two nights 3 days. First day settle in at the hotel. Second day ride the Trail of the Mountain Spirits and head home on the 3rd day.

We stayed at the Palace Hotel downtown which  goes back to the 1800s.Not luxurious but adequate and charming. There is a good restraunt & bar across the street from the hotel and a terrific Mexican restraunt a block down the street.

The Trail of the Mountain Spirits is a designated federal scenic byway.A 93 mile loop which climbs up into the Gila National Forest and crosses the Continental Divide twice and the Gila River.The route goes through the Mimbres Valley ranch country and up into the forest. Lake Roberts is along the byway.

There are spectacular overlooks of the Gila Wilderness 2000 feet below. There are lots of twisties and stretches make Mt lemon look like a super highway.Some sections have no center line stripe or guardrails. At one end of the loop is the historic town of Pinos Altos. If time permits one can take a 15 mile side trip and visit the Gila cliff dwellings.

This would make a great SEAT ride.

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