Gila National Forest


The Gila National Forest comprises 3.3 million acres of fine southwestern mountain scenery. Cactus, juniper, pine, and aspen range over rugged terrain and shade the headwaters of the Gila, Mimbres, and San Francisco Rivers. Nestled in the middle of the forest, the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument provides a rare glimpse of the region's prehistoric Native American past.

There’s almost unlimited backcountry camping, dozens of primitive and developed campgrounds, and some cabins as well. Just shy of 1,500 miles of hiking trails provide the chance to see elk, deer, sheep, and an array of birds. In winter, the trails become tracks for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Trout abound in the region’s streams and lakes, and fishing is permitted. Area outfitters will arrange wilderness tours, custom pack trips, trail rides, drop camps, and more. Several district offices and ranger stations throughout the forest provide trail maps, campground information, suggestions for outfitters, and any other information you might need.


3005 E. Camino del Bosque
Silver City, New Mexico 88061


32.79018000, -108.24390000
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(575) 388-8201

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