Getting in/out of vans; driving approximately 45 miles roundtrip, about 1.5 hours. Hike Dragonfly Loop approximately 3.5 miles roundtrip; 337' elevation gain/loss. Hike Angel Loop trail approximately 4.5 miles; 1000' elevation gain/loss. Hiking on maintained dirt trails.
At the lodge, we’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast buffet featuring a variety of healthy choices, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
We will board the vans to head to the Dragonfly trailhead for a 3.5-mile hike. We will have an opportunity to view some spectacular petroglyphs of humans and animals including a dragonfly along the way. After the hike, we will drive to Fort Bayard Historic District, once home to the 9th Calvary Buffalo Soldiers and then 2nd Lt. John J. Pershing. The fort played a role in the history of the search for Geronimo and the larger Apache Wars. In 1877, Apaches attacked a detachment of troops sent from the fort to negotiate. Corporal Clinton Greaves was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in helping his group escape. We will enjoy expert commentary provided by our Group Leader as we explore the grounds on foot. This fort was built by Company B of the 125th US Colored Infantry, also known as the Buffalo Soldiers. Among this group were a number of Medal of Honor recipients, one of which was William Cathay, who was also known as Cathy Williams, the only female Buffalo Soldier. Today, a national cemetery and veteran’s home sit on the grounds.
At Fort Bayard Bataan Park, we’ll enjoy nutritious sack lunches prepared by a local restaurant as we enjoy the unique beauty of the area. Waters included.
We will then transfer to the Angel Loop trailhead to enjoy an afternoon stretch on this 4.5-mile hike. For those wishing to return to the lodge, transportation will be available and then back out later to a local restaurant, where we will regroup for dinner.
At a local restaurant, we’ll enjoy a plated meal featuring local cuisine, with soft drinks, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
We’ll then return to the lodge, with the remainder of the evening at leisure.