"It's Sunday afternoon: last chance to get out and do something", I thought. So I drove for an hour and a half to the New Mexican border over increasingly rough roads to explore a place that I had seen a few photos of online. Apache Box looked intimidating yet irresistible in the golden late afternoon light. I arrived at the bottom of the Box at sunset, in awe of the impossibly high cliffs. With only a short time to explore, I located the mine tunnels that were on the topo map, startled a bat, snapped a few photos, then headed back in the fading light. What I learned: 1) Apache Box is about as far away from the beaten path as one can get, 2) it is unique, beautiful, and worthy of its potential BLM Wilderness status;
"As soon as I can I’m sneaking back in them mountains..." -Johnny Paycheck
average hiking speed 2.5 mph
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.