Hiking Project Logo

Dragonfly Loop Trail #720

Intermediate
 4.3 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Gila singletrack with a petroglyph surprise!


Your Rating:      Clear Rating
Your Difficulty:
Your Favorites: Add to Favorites · Your List
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

3.6

Miles

5.7

KM

Loop

6,275' 1,913 m

High

6,124' 1,867 m

Low

201' 61 m

Up

200' 61 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Unknown

Overview

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.

Description

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 Hiking 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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Christopher Bare

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 3 votes

#3110

Overall
  4.3 from 3 votes
5 Star
33%
4 Star
67%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Recommended Route Rankings

#42

in New Mexico

#3,110

Overall
18 Views Last Month
1,609 Since Oct 10, 2017
Intermediate

0%
0%
100%
0%
0%
0%

Photos

The petroglyph that this trail is named after.
Oct 10, 2017 near Arenas…, NM

0 Comments

Weather


Current Trail Conditions

Update Conditions
All Clear 77 days ago See History
Add Your Check-In

Check-Ins

Dec 20, 2021
Lynn DiFiore
Lovely trail & not overly crowded on a beautiful Monday afternoon. 3.5mi — 1h 12m
Apr 29, 2019
Valerie Norton
https://valhikes.blogspot.com/2019/04/dragonfly-route.html
May 4, 2018
Tom Adams
3.6mi
Sep 6, 2017
Rachel Jagielski
3.4mi