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Mills Canyon, NM

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Trailhead Elevation 5,128 feet
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Ruins, Historic & Perennial Creek
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Routes 125
Photos 20,380
Trips 925 map ( 5,326 miles )
Age 73 Male Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
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A hidden gem out on the high plains of northeastern New Mexico! Located in the Canadian River Canyon, this spot features ruins of an old hotel operated by Melvin Mills in the late 1800's. He planted 14,000 fruit and nut trees on the fertile river floodplain and built a wagon road to haul his bounty to nearby towns and the Harvey Houses on the rail line. But a monstrous flood wiped it all out in 1904. Do some research on Mills and his mansion in Springer. Fascinating stuff. This is a spectacular remote place for sure.

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2017-09-05 rwstorm
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    To car camp trip
    Two ways to access from I-25. From Wagon Mound head east on NM 120 to Roy, then left on NM 39 for about 10 miles to signed turnoff for Mills Canyon Road. Then west for about 9 miles to destination. From Springer head east on US 56 to Abbott, then right on NM 39 for about 16 miles to signed turnoff for Mills Canyon Road. Then west about 9 miles to destination. NOTE: there is a campground on the Rim before the drop into the canyon. This one is passenger car friendly, but is not the one you want. The last 2 miles down into the canyon is via a steep, narrow, rocky road. No passenger cars!
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