Trail of the Mountain Spirits Scenic Byway

National Scenic BywayNew Mexico

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  • Copperas Vista and Wild Horse Mesa

    The dramatic vistas and solitude accessible from the Byway route are soothing and unforgettable. Tree-covered mountains ripple across the landscape as far as the eye can see.

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  • A Barn In Mimbres Valley

    Juniper dotted rolling hills are a backdrop to a small farm in the Mimbres Valley.

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  • Fort Bayard

    The officers' quarters of the former US Army post at Fort Bayard remind the traveler of times past.

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  • Fall Foliage Along the Continental Divide

    Aspens turn golden in the autumn along the Continental Divde.

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  • Fort Bayard Days

    Visitors can see historical reenactments and other historical objects, like this horse-drawn wagon driven by Union soldiers.

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  • Gila Wilderness: The Last Solitude

    Many miles from roads and civilization, an outfitter passes majestic Ponderosa pines in the Gila Wilderness as the early morning fog lingers. Only the sounds of birdsong and the steady clip-clop of hooves fill the air.

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  • Riding Beneath Cliffs in the Gila Wilderness

    Packing along the Gila River, the traveler pauses to sense the quiet on this riverside campground below jagged tan cliffs.

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  • Winding West On The Middle Fork Of The Gila

    The Gila River winds west toward Arizona, refreshing the bosque.

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  • Stairs of the Ancients

    Imagine the Ancients using these stairs to go to and from their cliff homes.

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  • Rufous Hummingbird

    The bright orange and territorial rufous hummingbird is one of several hummingbird species who pass through the Gila National Forest and the Lake Roberts area on their long migratory journeys.

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  • Birding Hot Spot of the Gila

    Lake Roberts shimmers in the afternoon sunshine.

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  • Room with a View

    Looking out from one of the caves of the Gila Cliff Dwellings National monument, you can look across the canyon sensing your looking through the eyes of the prehistoric people who lived here 700 years ago.

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  • Tour de Gila

    The international Tour de Gila bicycle race winding through the beautiful and challenging Gila National Forest draws sports enthusiasts from throughout the world.

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  • Fiesta de la Olla

    Juan Quesada, master potter of Mata Ortiz, reveals another of his exquisite creations.

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  • Historical Pinos Altos Church

    This Methodist-Episcopal church was built with Hearst money in 1898.

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  • Red Paint PowWow

    Chiricahua Apache, Joe Saenz, dances a traditional Apache dance in the 2005 Red Paint PowWow.

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  • Wilderness Panoramic View

    This view shows Gila Hot Springs and the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument in the distance.

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