Benson Ridge is in the same area as the Wills Canyon trail. It's a 7 mile hike, relatively easy, with the trail head at the Bluff Springs recreation site. It's a two hour drive from Las Cruces and about the same from El Paso. Las Cruces folks will meet at the K-Mart parking lot and then meet up with the El Paso folks in Cloudcroft at 9:30.
I'm thinking of scheduling a hike to Little Bear canyon, The Gila, on September 19th. It's a long drive so I wanted to through out the idea of either camping out by the cliff dwellings and/or hanging out in Silver City Saturday night and doing the hike on Sunday. Any thoughts?