Sam Nail Ranch Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This short, well-maintained trail loops through the old Sam Nail Ranch site. Sam Nail and his younger brother, Jim, moved to the valley between the western slope of the Chisos Mountains and Burro Mesa in 1916.
With little outside help, they dug a well and built a one-story adobe house above Cottonwood Creek at the base of Burro Mesa. The home had a concrete floor, wooden viga-and- cane ceiling, and sheet-metal roof. With milk cows, chickens, cattle, a garden, and fruit trees, they were relatively self-sufficient. In 1918 Sam married Nena Burnam, whose family lived nearby at Government Spring."