( Editor's Note. We occasionally invite guest writers to contribute to Southern Arizona Guide for the benefit of our nearly half-million annual visitors. RJ Prawdzik has been a friend for many years and has accompanied Ms. Karen and me on many adventures around Tucson and Southern Arizona. Here is her account of a recent road trip to New Mexico that complements the one we wrote about Silver City a year ago.)
Thanks to Southern Arizona Guide, my good friend Carol and I decided to take a road trip to Silver City, New Mexico in early December 2016. Only three hours from Tucson, Silver City was “new territory“ but close enough for a quick 3-day escape.
As we headed southeast, the Sonoran Desert’s saguaro sentinels and ridges of ocotillo disappeared and were replaced by a proliferation of yucca trees and agaves. Our first planned stop along I-10 was at a ghost town just a few miles south of Lordsburg, NM. After reading about the town of Shakespeare, we were eager to trod its ‘boards’, the ruts made by the Butterfield Stage Lines and stroll the streets that Billy the Kid and Johnny Ringo haunted. Unfortunately, we missed the fact that the town is only open to visitors on specified tour dates and the day we visited didn’t happen to be one of them! We felt a bit like Chevy Chase in Vacation!
About 45 minutes later, we arrived in Silver City and did a ‘drive-thru’ to explore the narrow, often one-way streets and gawk at the stately old brick homes. After a visit to the local history museum, we headed east on Hwy 191. Using the U.S. Forest Service directions and map, about three miles outside of town we located the turnoff for the Dragonfly Trailhead, for our afternoon hike. The trail is shared by pedestrians, equestrians and mountain bikers. The highlight of the easy, 3-mile loop trail through golden grasslands and pine trees was the petroglyph for which the trail was named.Read More