New Mexico State Highway 159 (Bursum Road) is now Open

Contact(s): 575-388-8201

Glenwood, NM; September 25, 2012— New Mexico State Highway 159, locally known as Bursum Road, is now open between Mogollon and Willow Creek. Heavy rains in the Silver Creek watershed caused major damage to the road. While the road is drivable in a two-wheel drive vehicle, the unpaved surface remains extremely rough and rocky. It is not recommended for passenger cars at this time. 


Forest Visitors, ATV’ers, mountain bikers, and hikers looking to explore other portions of the forest in the Glenwood area may be interested in some of the less known and less visited portions of the western part of the forest.   


For the ATV enthusiast, the Come Alive Ridge Route offers a challenging ride on narrow, primitive, often eroded, and brushed in roads through pinyon juniper offering scenic views of the Pleasanton and Glenwood Valley. Roads to private land are closed by gate to the east and there is no through traffic between the southern loop and US 180. This trail is recommended for ATV and short wheelbase, high clearance vehicles only. For a map of the route click here.


The Saliz Pass Route offers access to the power line offering spectacular views of Saliz Canyon and San Francisco River Valley. It also provides close up contact to interesting rock formations and opportunities to collect rock crystals and fascinating rocks. Drivers are cautioned that Road 16 descending into Saliz Canyon is very hazardous. For a map of the route click here.


The Buzzard Ridge Loop is great for the off road enthusiast. The road connecting county road to 105 is EXTREMELY primitive, may be impassable at times and should be considered only for the most experienced of four wheel drive operators. High clearance, short wheelbase, 4WD only on this stretch. For a map of the route click here.


The Cradle Mesa Loop is all on Catron County roads providing an opportunity to see big game in the Cradle Mesa and Round Mountain Area. For a map of the route click here.


The above routes are only a few of the many recreational opportunities available in and around the Glenwood Ranger District. For more information on other road and trail systems please visit the Glenwood Ranger District Office or the Gila National Forest Supervisor’s Office.