Burro Mountain Homestead, New Mexico

Trip Start May 05, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Burro Mountain Homestead

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

We left Tucson yesterday after spending 5 days at Beaudy RV Resort attending the DataStorm Rally.  Learned a lot and made new friends.  Didn't get to see a lot of Tucson ... didn't have time, but did get out to Tubac to see the shops, and went to Trader Joe's.

Got to Burro Mountain ... an old historic ranch up in the mountain forest.  Visited at one time by both Teddy & Franklin Roosevelt.  Was quiet the place at one time.  It's a little rustic, but have deer come up and eat apples out of hand and they wander throughout the park.  It's not too far from here to Silver City, NM.  But the road in is 7 miles of dirt/sand and rough because of the lack of rain.

Would be a good place to spend the summer.  They also have rooms and a suite of room available for rent.  The people are very friendly.  Great clubhouse, library and two large gathering places; old fashioned country kitchen, which really brings back memories, but it has all the "new" stuff, too!

Took a trip to see the Gila Cliff Dwellings and the Catwalk one day. Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument offers a glimpse of the homes and lives of the people of the Mogollon culture who lived in the Gila Wilderness from the 1280s through the early 1300s. The surroundings probably look today very much like they did when the cliff dwellings were inhabited. It is surrounded by the Gila National Forest and lies at the edge of the Gila Wilderness, the nation's first designated wilderness area. This designation means that the wilderness character of the area will not be altered by the intrusion of roads or other evidence of human presence.

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, containing 533 acres, was established on November 16, 1907.

The Catwalk Trail is located on the Glenwood Ranger District of the Gila National Forest. The Whitewater Picnic Area at the entrance to the trail is named for Whitewater Canyhon, which played a pivotal role in the mining saga of the late 1800s and early 19900s. The town of Graham was located at the mouth of the canyon where a mill was built in 1893. The ruins of the mill still cling to the canyon walls overlooking the picnic area.

The hanging walkway follows the route of the old water line up the canyon.

A water pipeline along Whitewater Canyon was also built in 1893 to provide water for the mill and town. It ran up the very narrow stretches of the canyon, sometimes as much as 20 feet above the canyon floor, and was considered to be an engineering feat in its time. The pipeline was in need of constant mainenance and the workmen who walked the line to repair damage dubbed it the "Catwalk." In the 1930s the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built a trail consisting of a hanging walkway following the path of the old pipeline. The Forest Service rebuilt the trail in 1961, and in 1978 it was designated a National Recreation Trail. The Catwalk Trail and picnic area has become the second most visited location on the Gila National Forest with more visitors coming every year. The trail also connects to the hundreds of miles of trails within the Gila Wilderness.
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