Kelly - Cibola National Forest - Member Hike

Hike Name: Kelly - Cibola National Forest
Country: United States
State: New Mexico
Nearby Town: Magdalena
Rating: 4 stars
Directions: Take US 60 West from Magdalena approx. 50 miles. In Magdalena, turn left and head South on County 107. About 5 miles up is Kelly. The church is right in the middle of the road, and is snow white, so it is impossible to miss.
Total Hike Distance: 16.00 miles
Hike Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Permit Required: Yes
Hike Type: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: Kelly Church
Trails Used: There is no real trail system. Most of the trails are old mining trails or logging roads.
Backcountry Campsites: Yes
Backcountry Water Sources: Springs
Management: U.S. Forest Service
Contact Information: Head Ranger

P.O. Box 45
Magdalena, New Mexico

(505) 854-2281 [voice];
(505) 854-2332 [fax]
Best Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Users: Hikers, Bikers, Dogs, Horses
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads, Maintained Gravel or Dirt Roads
Hike Summary: This is a very interesting hike, because the entire area is filled with mining relics. Lots of the mines are partially or totally flooded, which makes finding water a breeze. By a twist of nature, several of the mines have a steady blast of 60 degree air blowing out of the mouth, and this makes for a great campsite on a hot night, or a cool spot to have lunch. The Forest Service doesn't charge a fee or require a permit, but the only easy access is through a small piece of private land right at the end of the road, and they do charge a fee and require registration. Elevations range from 6,000 to almost 8,700, so be prepared for some climbing. Rattlesnakes can be a problem down low, so watch where you put your feet and hands. Most of the town of Kelly was destroyed by fire in the 1950's but lots of things remain. If you enter at the private land and head southeast, you can hit most of the mining areas, and circle around the base of the mountains, returning right to your car. Lots of fun, and definitely worth a look.



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