The Inner Loop Scenic Byway Silver City to Gila Cliff Dwellings Topo Map

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A 118-mile round-trip loop to ancient cliff dwellings, a former ghost town, and an enormous copper mine. The paved loop begins in Silver City, one of the most important mining towns in the United States. Indians mined turquoise from the Burro Mountains southwest of Silver City long before the Spaniards set foot in New Mexico. Copper deposits at Santa Rita, east of Silver City, were discovered in 1798 by an Apache who relayed the information to Colonel Manuel Carrasco. Because he did not have the resources to develop the find himself, Col. Carrasco interested a wealthy Chihuahua merchant, Don Francisco Manuel Elguea, in investing. With Elguea’s influence, the two men received the Santa Rita del Cobre Grant. Special attractions: Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, Gila Wilderness, Gila National Forest, Santa Rita mine, former ghost town of Pinos Altos, hiking, camping, fishing, and scenic views. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
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Silver City, New Mexico

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