On Sunday morning, gravel grinders will meet up at a start line at Shakespeare Ghost Town on Shakespeare Road off County Road 494, about 2.5 miles south of Lordsburg, NM. The 25-mile route passes through another ghost town called Valedon and meets up with the tracks of the historic Butterfield Overland Stagecoach route before passing the site of a WWII Japanese prisoner-of-war camp. It descends then into mountain-ringed open range dotted by the playas characteristic of a high desert that doesn't drain into any river.
It's big-sky cattle country where the deer and the antelope play, no joke. Appropriate bikes are strongly advised!
- Start at Shakespeare Ghost Town. Head southeast on Ghost Town Road.
- Mile 0.2 — Head southeast on the ghost town access road and turn right (south) on the road that accesses Valedon. Head south through
- Mile 1 — In Valedon mining area, turn left (south, southeast) toward Banner Mine Road 494.
- Mile 1.5 — Continue south, southwest (slight right) on Banner Mine Road, 494.
- Mile 1.9 — Turn left (due south) on small dirt road toward Lady Mary Mine. Stay on that road until 2.7 miles.
- Mile 2.7 — Keep left (due south) at the fork toward Ruth Mine and Aberdeen Draw. Stay on that road until mile 4.
- Mile 4 — Turn left (north, northeast) on Animas Road.
- Mile 5.1 — Turn right (east) off Animas Road onto Searle Ranch Road (with green metal gate).
- Continue on Searle Ranch Road until mile 6.2, turn left (north, northeast) at the corrals.
- Continue north until mile 7.0.
- Mile 7.0 — Turn right (east) at the fork. Continue east until mile 9.7.
- Mile 9.7 — Turn right (south) on Pyramid Shadows Road.
- Mile 10.5 — Turn right (south) on Circiling Hawk Road and follow it around until it ties back into Pyramid Shadows Road at about mile 13.
Continue on the loop.
- Mile 16.8 — Turn left (west) on the dirt road you came in on (B003). Retrace your route in on this road.
- Mile 19.7 — Turn left (south, southwest) at the fork, back toward the corrals.
- Mile 20.4 — Turn right (west) at the corrals. Continue west until Animas Road.
- Mile 21.4 — Turn right (north) onto Animas Road. Head north on Animas Road.
- Mile 24.5 — Turn left (west) onto dirt road. Continue west until Banner Mine Road, 494.
- Mile 25 — Jog right (north) on Banner Mine Road to Ghost Town Road. Turn left onto Ghost Town Road.
- Take Ghost Town Road back to finish at Shakespeare Ghost Town.