Guided Hike at Dragonfly Loop Trail - #720
Where to meet: Visitor's Center, Silver City. Meet at 1:00. We will carpool to Fort Bayard, approximately 7 miles east of the Western New Mexico University campus.
Difficulty: This 3 to 4 hour loop hike travels through pinon/juniper savanna and is suitable for everyone. Depending on the forecast, it may be hot, but the hike itself is easy. The Fort Bayard area is relatively flat with an occasional elevation gain of less than 100’. Dragonfly Trail follows and crosses Twin Sisters Creek, so be prepared for wet toes. The trail is known for petroglyphs located approximately two miles from the trailhead.
What to bring: A backpack to hold your stuff: water (1 to 2 quarts), sunscreen, hat, lunch, a camera, binoculars, and/or sketch book. Bring trekking poles if you use them, and wear closed toed shoes/sneakers (please, no Teva’s, Keen’s, flip flops, pumps, or any open toed shoes). It’s advised that you hike in long pants to protect your legs from cutting grasses, forbs and prickly shrubs. If rain is in the forecast, you should also bring a rain coat or poncho. We will eat lunch at the Dragonfly archaeological site.
Hike led by Dr. Kathy Whiteman, Assistant Professor in the Department of Natural Sciences and Director of the Outdoor Program at Western New Mexico University.