Dragonfly Trail is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Arenas Valley, NM that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, birding, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
There are many trails within this area. The Gila National Forest also has a nice trail information page, along with a downloadable PDF map of the area. Hike the more traveled trail to the right, and in about 200 yards the trail forks to make the well-marked 3.5 mile Dragonfly loop. There are several nice petroglyphs in the rocks halfway, indicated by an arrow on a wordless sign. Arenas Valley Road is a short loop, so it is possible to continue along it back to US 180 as you turn to Silver City.
Nice long walk with petroglyphs along the canyon. Dragonflies at the waterhole chasing around so worth the trip. Beautiful and peaceful when I went thru but with bikes maybe not ;0)
When you start out, if you take the left fork, when you go past the rock wall on your right you'll come up to a fork in the path, take the right side, even though the left side looks more travelled...take the right. There wasn't a sign telling which path to take, so we took the left side, and eventually abandoned it after it seemed it was going the wrong way, and there weren't any signs or markers on it. Anyhow, we got back on track by traversing a little hill. My little ones had fun. We went on June 20-16. ZERO water in the river beds, ZERO insects, ZERO wildlife. All in all, we'd do it again :)
Awesome little trail that winds through cactus and rare trees seldom seen in thus part of AZ in a lush green Valley. The trail hugs a little creek and there are several crossings. Great for walking the dogs. Just bring bug spray.
Moderate, easy hiking trail. My favorite time to hike to hike this trail is fall and winter. It is not great on sunny (little shade) or windy days (not much to break the wind.)
Nice relatively flat easy trail. There are a bunch of connecting trails at this location. There's a small pond and a creek which was relatively dry during the time we hiked it.