Biking the Mimbres River
September 21, 2021
Since moving to Silver City, I've been fascinated by the Mimbres River. This tiny, sparkling, partly ephemeral stream has no outlet. It simply sinks into the desert sands just east of City of Rocks State Park. Yet the Mimbres is Silver City's primary watershead, since the mighty Gila lies west of the Continental Divide.
Earlier this summer we explored access to the river as part of a two-day trip along North Star Mesa Road. Mimbres Trail #77 descends steeply from the Continental Divide to the Mimbres, with roughly 900 feet of elevation gain/loss over a distance of 2.3 miles. On that same trip, we explored another possible approach via FR 159A, but found the trail closed to public access from Bloodgood Ranch. Months passed before I realized that an old jeep trail runs right along the Mimbres, beginning near the confluence of the West Fork, East Fork and main stem Mimbres River.