Musings from the Grand Enchantment Trail

What happens when hiking, history* and a love of old films all come together on the Grand Enchantment Trail?

A broad, toothy grin and a trip down memory lane, by way of vintage movie theatres and dusty copies of Time-Life Books, “Old West” series.  

Butch Cassidy (1)

(Clockwise from top left) Yours truly at the Wild Bunch trailhead near Clifton, AZ (2012) | The Wild Bunch – Photo taken in Fort Worth, TX (1900) | Paul Newman & Robert Redford in the classic, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969)

*Note: The Wild Bunch Trail was named after Butch Cassidy’s infamous outlaw gang from the Old West. Whether or not the legendary train robbers actually travelled through the canyon that was named after them is a matter of conjecture. According to “The Arizona Republic”:

“Some say the canyon’s name came from the outlaws who hid out in its remoteness; others think renegade cattle that hid in the rugged gorge to escape branding inspired the name.”

I’m going to go with hypothesis “A”……………“Never let the truth get in the way of a good story”.……………which may or may not have been said by Mark Twain.  😉 


Musings from the Grand Enchantment Trail — 2 Comments

  1. i have hiked the apache kid wilderness area for 15 years. i live in truth or consequences, new mexico, just an hours drive from the san mateos. they are within the grand enchantment trail, and ever since then, when i hike trail #50 the shipman trail, which is part of the grand enchantment trail, i have seen garbage along the trail, mostly toilet paper, which, of course, i pick up. the san mateos and the apache kid wilderness in cibola ntl forest is a special
    place. its remote and wild. one needs to be attentive to the area, as fragile as it is, as it is remote. please, everyone, respect that wild..passing thru, be mindful, please do not leave trash, including toilet paper, along the beautiful shipman trail. it hosts cougar, and bear..this is their home, their range. i do not mind picking up toilet paper, but it does get old. we who live nearby and treasure this area would appreciate the thought, and help keep the san mateos wild and remote. thank you for your time.

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