Thursday, September 8, 2016

A Gila Wilderness Weekend

Thomas and I are taking a long weekend to spend time in the Silver City area. We plan on visiting The Catwalk, Gila Cliff Dwellings and City of Rock State Park. Hopefully this will be relaxing and fun. We left Santa Fe around 2:30pm and headed south on I 25. When we got to Socorro we decided to stop and get something for dinner. We ended up at Sofia's Kitchen and Buritto Tyme. The food was delicious especially their salsa. Once we finished dinner we continued our drive. We took Exit 63 and turned onto NM 152. This highway from I 25 to Kingston is part of two New Mexico Scenic Byways - Lake Valley Backcountry and Geronimo Trial. The Geronimo Trail part continues to the intersection with NM 35. I have one box hidden on this road at Emory Pass that needed to be updated so we made a quick stop to take care of it - you can read about it at A Letterboxing and Visiting Weekend. From Emory Pass we continued our drive along NM 152 enjoying the views along the way. We stopped to take pictures every now and then as well. The road winds through the Black Range Mountains and eventually ends at US 180. We made a right turn here and drove the rest of the way to Silver City. By the time we arrived at the hotel it was dark and we were tired. After quick showers we are relaxing and planning for tomorrow.
Sunset over the Gila Wilderness

Santa Fe – Socorro – Kingston – Silver City
299 miles | 5 hours 5 minutes

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