Aeroplane Mesa #705 Trail

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Aeroplane Mesa Trail 705

This trail offers mountain vistas and beautiful, high-elevation, open grasslands with stands of ponderosa pine.

3.8 miles of this trail was logged in the summer of 2017.  Trail #705 descends the grassy, southern slopes of Loco Mountain and traverses Aeroplane Mesa. The gently rolling, open grassland and distant mountain vistas offers a tempting invitation to wander across this beautiful countyside. Stands of ponderosa pine occur in canyons and on hill tops and provide shelter for the elk herds that favor this open country. At the end of Aeroplane Mesa the trail descends 500 feet into the canyon of the Middle Fork of the Gila River. This is an execllent trail for access to this upper segment of the river.

At the Gila River Trail #705 connects with the Middle Fork Trail #157 which follows the length of the river from Snow Lake to the Gila Cliff Dwellings. It also connects with the Trotter Trail #30 which leads to the West Fork of the Gila River.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Reserve, NM
Water: Stream nearby. Water quality is not tested. It is advisable to filter or treat all drinking water.
Information Center: Wilderness Ranger District
Phone: (575)536-2250

General Information

General Notes:

Closest Stores:
Reserve is about 58 miles from the trail head and provides auto services, gas, groceries, lodging, restaurants.


There is ample parking at the trailhead.  The parking area can accomodate horse trailers and RVs.


From the town of Reserve follow Forest Road 141 to 28, then turn east on CA021. Travel time about 2 hours.

From the town of Glenwood follow NM 159 to Forest Road 28, then turn east on CA021. NM 159 is not recommended for horse trailers. Travel time about 2 hours.


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  Area/Length : 
4 miles

  Elevation : 
6920 - 8180