Dragonfly Loop Trail - #720

Area Status: Open
Dragonfly Trail Petroglyph

Dragonfly Trail is most known for the petroglyphs located approximately 2 miles from the trailhead. Here visitors can see petroglyphs, enjoy the many live dragonflies during the right months and take in the breathtaking scenery. The Dragonfly Trailhead is located roughly 3 miles east of Silver City on the north side of US Highway 180. The trail is open to pedestrians/hikers, cyclists and is equestrian friendly.

While enjoying the petroglyphs make sure to:

  • Take pictures
  • Document where you see petroglyphs in a written form, i.e., a journal
  • Leave only footprints; take only memories
  • Respect ancient cultural artifacts
  • Never deface rock art or attempt to remove the rock art
  • Never build fires near the rock art
  • Avoid climbing or leaning on the rock art
  • Never chalk, trace or apply anything to the rock art panels
  • Do not touch the petroglyphs as the oils from your hands can damage or change the pigments of the rock art

View a map of the Dragonfly Trail and other trails in the Fort Bayard system

Petroglyph of Dragonfly Image Petroglyph of Dragonfly w/Circular Tail Several petroglphs Petroglyph of horned animal Photo of circular shaped glyphs

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Day-use area only.
Area Amenities: Accessible, Toilets, Parking
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Silver City, NM
Restroom: Yes

General Information


There are two parking lots at the trailhead for the Dragonfly Loop Trail, one which accommodates cars and the other accommodates RVs and vehicles with horse trailers.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Day Hiking

The Ft. Bayard Trail System has many miles of trails with the main attraction being a three mile loop (Dragonfly Loop) which takes visitors to the petroglyphs.

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Horse Riding


Parking: There are two parking lots at the trailhead for the Dragonfly Loop Trail, one which accommodates cars and the other accommodates RVs and vehicles with horse trailers.
Toilets: Located at the Dragonfly Trailhead

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Latitude : 

  Longitude :