On our last day in the Gila National Forest, and in New Mexico, we hiked Mineral Creek in the Mogollon Mountains. The hike ascends along a small creek and through a narrow canyon of impressive beauty.
The canyon opened up after about 2 miles and eventually we found the remains of Cooney Camp, one of New Mexico’s first mining towns.
We left Mineral Creek via the long dusty gravel access road and headed to Arizona.
We took some down time in Arizona at an Apache National Forest campground at Luna Lake, a very small man made lake just over the New Mexico border.
Unbelievably, we had internet at Luna Lake. so we spent 4 days catching up on blogs, picture downloads, and all the financial stuff we have to do when traveling. We also got time to do some laundry and take a few bike rides through the National Forest surrounding the lake.
The campground was practically empty while we were there and it was a great place for some downtime. Now we will head north to Petrified Forest National Monument and Canyon de Chelly.