Grant County Trails Guide Available Online
Grant County Trails Group’s Trails of Grant County Walking/Hiking Guide features some of the easiest, most accessible and best loved trails and walking areas in both Silver City and in the Mining District (Bayard and Santa Clara). Also, Grant County Trails Group has produced Trails of Grant County, a film that features local Grant County trails enthusiasts out and about on their favorite trails.
We hope that you will explore these trails with your friends and families to take in the fresh air, beautiful scenery and mental relaxation that comes with outdoor recreation. We encourage you to share this guide and your knowledge of these trails with others so we can work together to build healthier communities.
For several years now, GRIP has partnered with the Grant County Trails Group (GCTG) to improve health and quality of life in our community. This year the GCTG also formed close ties with the Town of Silver City’s Community Development Department, Gila Conservation Education Center, Silver City MainStreet Project, the Gila National Forest, and various other local environmental, public health, and community development groups as well as small businesses. All involved have a common interest in improving and expanding awareness and quality of Grant County trails, public lands, and open spaces.
This year the GCTG hosted and participated in a number of area activities. On June 1, for example, the group presented Grant County’s first annual National Trails Day event. This included a lecture by Dr. Richard Kozoll, guided bike rides and hikes along the Gila National Forest’s Dragonfly Trail, the debut of the Trails of Grant County promotional video, and publication of Trails of Grant County: A Walking/Hiking Guide. The latter features trails and walking areas in Silver City, Santa Clara, Bayard, and the Gila National Forest.
Thanks to an enthusiastic reaction to the promotional video and Trails of Grant County Walking/Hiking Guide, a Prescription Trails (or Rx Trails) program was established this year in Grant County. Fitness and Nutrition in the Community (FANC) has been playing a critical role as a primary partner with the GCTG in promoting Rx Trails to health-care professionals. It’s designed to increase walking and the use of wheelchairs along suggested routes, thus promoting healthy lifestyles.