Alma, New Mexico
The drive from Arizona to New Mexico was about 3 1/2 hours. We headed NE off of I-10 up Rt 191 and it was very scenic. It did have some elevation but nothing bad. Almost no one on it either.
By time you reach the border of Arizona/New Mexico you've been over 6000ft.
Great views and the weather was perfect, upper 70s.
We came here specifically for 2 hikes. The first was the Catwalk Hike. Here is the entrance.
The name for the area, The Catwalk, refers to the original plank-board walkway placed atop the steel pipe used to bring water to the ore processing plant. You can read more info about the 2 mile out and back hike HERE.
Here's what it originally looked like. After the planks were damaged in a huge flood it was replaced with the metal catwalk.
The canyon is very pretty with all the colorful walls and the leaves were just beginning to open.
We had the place to ourselves too which was fun. I think we hit the season just right as the water is still flowing but easy enough to walk through.
Here's how they are drilled into the canyon walls.
Some of the rock was very pink in color.
A small tunnel.
Some rods drilled into the cliffs to help stabilize them.
After the hike we took a drive to find a geocache at a very interesting place I read. I probably wouldn't have come across this very interesting spot and history if not for geocaching.
They sealed up the doorway. It kind of looks like a skeleton head.
The graves behind it had some interesting items left behind.
It was a perfect day. We definitely recommend the Catwalk Hike if you're anywhere near here. Tomorrow we will hike the Mineral Creek Trail.