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Trail of the Mountain Spirits Byway
On the return trip from the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, I decided to take the long way around: NM Rte. 15 south to Rte. 35, then Rte. 135 west to Silver City. This route completes the circle (or more accurately, triangle) made by the Trail of the Mountain Spirits Scenic Byway. I chose to return this way, based on a suggestion on the National Forest Service website, which says the “long” route shouldn’t take any more time than the “short” route (taking NM Rte. 15 directly to Silver City) since the “long” way is 2-lanes, and less curvy. Turns …