This is a nice, quick singletrack loop on the edge of the Fort Bayard Trail system. Be sure to check out the Petroglyph along the way!
Need to Know
Turn off of Highway 180/Silver Heights Blvd onto Arenas Valley Road. Head up Arenas Valley Road until you see the large and well-marked parking lot for the Arenas Valley/Fort Bayard trailhead. From the parking lot stay on the Dragonfly Loop #720 Trail.
The trail is singletrack with a few climbs and scattered descents. It also includes a few loose areas of dirt and sand along with an occasional creek crossing. However, water may not always be present in the creek beds.
Be on the look out for Native American petroglyphs that are near the trail. In particular, a "dragonfly" petroglyph can be seen. There are also several other trails and loops in this area and it can be easy to get turned around or off course. Use the Trail Run Project mobile app
for reference if necessary. Be on the lookout for bikers and horseback riders as this is a popular trail in the Silver City area.
History & Background
This is a network of trails near Fort Bayard a historic Army fort and military hospital. A veterans cemetery is located near the trailhead on Fort Bayard. Native American petroglyphs also highlight this trail.