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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Montek, Oct 8, 2012.
Thanks for sharing. Really cool place to explore someday when I get to the SW part of the state.
Man you are making me homesick for NM again. Next time try an ADV bike East of Mogollon up 59,er Bursum rd., FR28. You think that road up there is pretty spectacular you should see the dirt overlooks on the way over to Beaverhead-Snows Lake area. A good reason to go back again next year! Mogollon is a very cool place that thankfully was spared from the fires this year. Enjoyed your report.Thanks....ahh muchas gracias.
Man, thanks for posting the pics! I was also just there this past Friday after spending the night at Gila Cliff Dwellings. That museum was definitely a huge surprise. A person could easily spend an hour or two in there in order to really take in everything on display. I could talk to the volunteer manning the place, a WWII vet, with first hand experience at the Battle of the Bulge by the way, for several hours more.
Instead of back tracking back to the highway though, I continued through the town and followed the forest service/fire roads for the rest of the day, camped, and ended up coming back out on Hwy 60 just west of Magdalena, NM the next morning. Passed right through the middle of the forest fire remnants on the way. Definitely a repeat trip in the near future - so much land to explore out there!
Thanks again for posting your experience.
I know exactly what you are talking about, that how i came in to mogollon 2 weeks ago!! However, pigmans vfr was't wanting miles and miles of dirt So, we stuck to the asphalt. a great ride for u would be up to mogollon, to snow lake area, cut over to the monticello box, and into t or c or - the way you did go(magdalena) run to soccoro, then to white sands down the jornado del meurto.
read above post. . Yep, next year i can see a camping/riding excursion/exploration trip. I woould really like to see the snow melt in full swing coming through mogollon and the catwalk. Guessing it would be spectacular if lots of snow.
Nice report and pics! That's a very special place in that part of SW New Mexico. Thanks for sharing!
its spectacular over there. lots to see, lots to do. Will be spending some time there next spring as soon as things open up a bit. You know, ice off the shady side of the mtns, forest roads open, bla bla bla not so cold for overnite camping.
That's a nice ride. Been past it many times and have never stopped to take a look at the ghost town. This RR done did it. I'm stopping next time.
A way we like to do the dirt run is NM35 from Mimbres up to FR 150 to Beaverhead. ThenFR 150 turns into FR28 toward Mogollon. It's about 113 miles of great twisting and climbing dirt road. The biggest problem is that a big section just West of Snows Lake is closed until about April 30th each yr depending on snow. The West end of that closure is just East of Mogollon about 3 miles up Bursum-59-28. It can be pretty frustrating . Last year we laid our bikes sideways and just went under the bar/barrier. The ride along that Northern exposure by the fire tower looking out toward Reserve is really spectacular. I think we saw 8900 ft. on the GPS up there. Pretty much you need to do this in May.....after snowmelt/plowing dirt rd. and BEFORE the fire season starts. Or, like now in the Autumn. Fun...............
Already have a weekend planned for end of may/1st of june 2013. Will be coming from the blue wilderness in az/nm into reserve area, down from reserve to mogollon, to catwalks, back up through mogollon, to and through montecello box, back over to cliff dwellings to the famous 666 in az(morenci to alpine best asphlt mtn twisties in n. america) and back to pinetop. Should be a hoot.
Remember to gas up in Glenwood. EAST out of Mogollon there is no gas for a very long way toward TorC. Glenwood, Alma and Reserve are about it for fuel. That is a fun trip. Get started early on the Mogollon-Bursum-Snows Lake part. It is a very long ride. Some camp at Snows Lk.
Actually, thought i'd camp at the beginning of the box, soak in the hot, well, pretty warm, springs. Ride the box in morning, zip around, over, to, through and end up(camp)at the cliff dwellings. Then over to morenci az. and up the old 666, to alpine and then home. Couple overniters, make it a real trip.
Great pics, I'll put that ride on my to do list.