Trip Option 1:
Enjoy a day experiencing Indian heritage and beautiful views of the Gila. Start on US HWY 180 to Fort Bayard Historical Site (drive through historic grounds), proceed to NM152 to the Santa Rita Open Pit mine lookout, continue on NM152 to Mimbres Valley and turn on NM35, go to mile post 4 to tour the Mimbres Historical Site, proceed on NM35 north to NM15, viewing Bill Evans Lake and Lake Roberts on the journey and turn to go to Gila Cliff Dwellings. Enjoy hike through the beautiful Gila Cliff Dwellings. Return on NM15 and proceed to historic Pinos Altos, through steep mountains and many switchbacks, then end back in Silver City. This is a loop and will take all day to complete, especially depending on how long each place is visited.
Trip Option 2:
Enjoy a day exploring the old west and beautiful scenery of the Gila. Proceed west of Silver City on US HWY 180 toward Cliff, NM. May choose to stop and see Bill Evans lake on the way, then proceed to Mogollon Ghost town, where NM159 will intersect US180. After visiting Mogollon Ghost town, proceed back to US180 and proceed to Glenwood Cat Walk. Hike the beautiful trail up the box canyon where the Cat Walk is located. Enjoy a picnic before return home, back to Silver City.