Sawmill Brook Trail, also known as Sawmill Park Trail or Woodhaul Wagon Trail, is a nine-mile loop trail that is located in Fort Bayard, New Mexico, just outside of Questa, which is six miles east of Silver City. This nature trail is moderately populated, and features hillsides covered in juniper and pine near the Twin Sisters Peak. It starts at the end of State Forest Road 58-A in Red River where there is a parking area you can use.
The three-foot-wide trail will take you and your pooch along the borders of the Carson National Forest for several miles before crossing into the switchbacks of the huge aspens, fir, and spruce trees that shade you from the hot sun. You will be able to see glimpses of the Ditch Cabin at the Sawmill that was completed in 1868, and after crossing the bridge over the Sawmill Creek, you will come to the giant Bristol Cone pine tree in the meadow there.
At approximately one mile, the trail brings you into the valley of the East Fork of the Red River and Trail #55 branches off to the left into the Sawmill Creek drainage. Sawmill Park starts about one mile from the intersection of Trails 55 and 56. From Wheeler Peak, you should be able to see the Twin Sisters Peaks and the Gila National Forest. You will love the pawesome wildflowers that bloom all year long, such as the sunflowers, Yucca, yarrow, golden head, and angel’s trumpets.
Wildlife is abundant at all times of the day, all year long, so if you and your little buddy are quiet enough, you may be able to get some good views of some bighorn rams, elk, deer, bison, ferrets, wolves, otters, squirrels, and rabbits. There are no bag dispensers along the trail, so you will have to bring your own to clean up after Fido. You should also bring plenty of bottles of water for you both.
You and your dog will enjoy this trail so much that you will want to come back again and again.