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      Welcome to the Gila Wilderness You are about to begin an adventure that will challenge your backpacking skills and offer you many wonderful memories. The Gila Wilderness is a backpacker’s paradise, covering 558,014 acres of unspoiled, mountainous country in southwestern New Mexico. The following information will describe the opportunities awaiting you and give tips on how to make your backpacking experience a safe one, while leaving minimal impact on this wilderness.

      Trails in this area travel through extreme mountains with breathtaking vistas, into deep canyons with gurgling streams, and through wonderful forests. They can also lead you across open grasslands, mountains and hills covered with pinon and juniper trees, through sandy dry arroyos.

      New Mexico's Gila Wilderness was the first designated wilderness in 1924. Due to its size and early protection, the Gila Wilderness has many pristine places to tread lightly in. It is easy to spend a lifetime exploring this area. Solitude is abundant as long as you aren't hiking to Jordan Hot Springs.

      Quoting the authors of the Falcon Guiding: Hiking New Mexico's Gila Wilderness, "Water is a primary concern when planning a trip in this exciting country. There is often too much of it or not enough"

      All trail work is done with hand tools and crosscuts.
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      Horse
      Welcome to the Gila Wilderness The Gila Wilderness is a packer's paradise, covering 558,014 acres of unspoiled, Trails in this area travel through extreme mountains with breathtaking vistas, into deep canyons with gurgling streams, and through wonderful forests.They can also lead you across open grasslands, mountains and hills covered with pinon and juniper trees, through sandy dry arroyos.

      New Mexico's Gila Wilderness was the first designated wilderness
      in 1924. Due to its size and early protection, the Gila Wilderness has many pristine places to tread lightly in.
      Aldo Leopold stated that one should be able to ride for 2-weeks without seeing civilization. And from that belief, the Gila Wilderness was created. 100 years later, after many fires, floods, and neglect (lack of funding to do trail maintenance), we are recreating this 2-week possibility.

      Be sure to check trail conditions and water updates before heading out.

      Quoting the authors of the Falcon Guiding: Hiking New Mexico's Gila Wilderness, "Water is a primary concern when planning a trip in this exciting country. There is often too much of it or not enough"

      All trail work is done with hand tools and crosscuts.

      Hike
      Welcome to the Gila Wilderness You are about to begin an adventure that will challenge your backpacking skills and offer you many wonderful memories. The Gila Wilderness is a backpacker’s paradise, covering 558,014 acres of unspoiled, mountainous country in southwestern New Mexico. The following information will describe the opportunities awaiting you and give tips on how to make your backpacking experience a safe one, while leaving minimal impact on this wilderness.

      Trails in this area travel through extreme mountains with breathtaking vistas, into deep canyons with gurgling streams, and through wonderful forests. They can also lead you across open grasslands, mountains and hills covered with pinon and juniper trees, through sandy dry arroyos.

      New Mexico's Gila Wilderness was the first designated wilderness in 1924. Due to its size and early protection, the Gila Wilderness has many pristine places to tread lightly in. It is easy to spend a lifetime exploring this area. Solitude is abundant as long as you aren't hiking to Jordan Hot Springs.

      Quoting the authors of the Falcon Guiding: Hiking New Mexico's Gila Wilderness, "Water is a primary concern when planning a trip in this exciting country. There is often too much of it or not enough"

      All trail work is done with hand tools and crosscuts.

      Trail Running
      Welcome to the Gila Wilderness. 558,014 acres of unspoiled country.

      Trails in this area travel through extreme mountains with breathtaking vistas, into deep canyons with gurgling streams, and through wonderful forests. They can also lead you across open grasslands, mountains and hills covered with pinon and juniper trees, through sandy dry arroyos.

      New Mexico's Gila Wilderness was the first designated wilderness in 1924. Due to its size and early protection, the Gila Wilderness has many pristine places to tread lightly in.

      Quoting the authors of the Falcon Guiding: Hiking New Mexico's Gila Wilderness, "Water is a primary concern when planning a trip in this exciting country. There is often too much of it or not enough"

      All trail work is done with hand tools and crosscuts.

      Land Status: National Forest
      Land Manager: USFS
      Parking for Snow Creek Trail google parking directions
      Access Info:
      There are multiple meeting points for the Gila Wilderness. A major one are the 4 trailheads near the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument and the Gila Visitor Center. This involves driving a beautiful and windy road an hour and a half from Silver City (only 45 miles but slow driving)

      See the Gila Wilderness Map for other trailheads that surround the vast expanse of the Gila Wilderness.
      Disclaimer:
      14 day stay limit on Forest Service land. Some roads to the trailheads are icy and/or impassible in the winter. Call the Forest Service Silver City Ranger Station ((575) 388-8201) for updates. Some flooding can happen on river trails in the winter/spring and during monsoons. All weather dependent.
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      Region Details
      99 hike trails

      Region Status
      Open as of 2 days
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      Hike Stats

      Global Ranking
      #4,673
      State Ranking
      #2,289
      Trails (view details)
      99
      Trails Mountain Bike
      8
      Trails E-Bike
      3
      Trails Horse
      89
      Trails Hike
      99
      Trails Trail Running
      98
      Trails Dirtbike/Moto
      2
      Trails ATV/ORV/OHV
      1
      Total Distance
      443 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      196 miles
      Total Descent
      63,583 ft
      Total Vertical
      5,381 ft
      Reports
      296
      Photos
      165
      Ridden Counter
      65

      Photos of Gila Wilderness

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      Feb 18, 2024 @ 7:27pm
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      Feb 18, 2024

      Videos of Gila Wilderness

      Gila Cliff Dwellings • Mogollon Culture •...
      11:35 | 176 | Jan 3, 2022 , Silver City

      Current Trail Warnings

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      West Fork Trail (Packsaddle Mesa)
      Jun 11, 2024 @ 4:29pm
      Jun 11, 2024
      VariableGilaTrails GILABCH Lost trail in the grassy areas, original...
      Whitewater Baldy Trail (South)
      Jun 11, 2024 @ 4:12pm
      Jun 11, 2024
      VariableGilaTrails GILABCH The Forest Service Trail crew is...
      Crest Trail (Mogollon Mountains)
      Jun 2, 2024 @ 2:22pm
      Jun 2, 2024
      VariableGilaTrails GILABCH The trail was logged at the end of May...

      Recent Trail Reports

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      Langstroth Trail
      Jun 23, 2024 @ 3:55pm
      2 days
      Variable Trail is hard to find through the grassy...GilaTrails GILABCH
      Gila River
      Jun 11, 2024 @ 4:14pm
      Jun 11, 2024
      Variable Major trail work on the Gila River Trail...GilaTrails GILABCH
      Clayton Mesa Trail
      Jun 17, 2024 @ 12:19pm
      Jun 17, 2024
      Variable Switchback on the Clayton Mesa Trail were...GilaTrails GILABCH
      Whitewater Baldy Trail (North)
      Jun 11, 2024 @ 4:11pm
      Jun 11, 2024
      Variable logged June 2024. Only short sections of...GilaTrails GILABCH
      West Fork Trail (near Willow Creek)
      Jun 11, 2024 @ 4:11pm
      Jun 11, 2024
      Variable logged June 2024GilaTrails GILABCH
      Middle Fork (Gilita Creek)
      Jun 11, 2024 @ 4:10pm
      Jun 11, 2024
      Variable June 2024: Logged and brushed the first...GilaTrails GILABCH
      Crest Trail
      Jun 2, 2024 @ 2:21pm
      Jun 2, 2024
      Variable The trail was logged at the end of May...GilaTrails GILABCH
      Little Dry Trail
      Jun 2, 2024 @ 2:20pm
      Jun 2, 2024
      Variable May 2024: 10-15 trees. 2 of which horses...GilaTrails GILABCH
      Chicken Coop
      Jun 2, 2024 @ 2:19pm
      Jun 2, 2024
      Variable logged at the end of May 2024GilaTrails GILABCH
      Prior Creek Trail
      Jun 2, 2024 @ 2:17pm
      Jun 2, 2024
      Variable Logged at the end of May 2024GilaTrails GILABCH

      Activity Feed

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      GilaTrailsaddreportactivity #54594030
      Jun 23, 2024 @ 3:55pm
      2 days
      GilaTrailsaddreportactivity #54288783
      Jun 17, 2024 @ 12:20pm
      Jun 17, 2024
      GilaTrailsaddpoiactivity #53993301
      Jun 11, 2024 @ 4:41pm
      Jun 11, 2024
      GilaTrailsaddreportactivity #53991735 and 5 more
      Jun 11, 2024 @ 4:10pm
      Jun 11, 2024
      GilaTrailsaddreportactivity #53518453 and 6 more
      Jun 2, 2024 @ 2:15pm
      Jun 2, 2024

      Nearby Riding Areas

      namedistance
      Little Walnut 7 7 324.9 km
      Gomez Peak Area25.1 km
      Gold Dust Glulch26.8 km
      Fort Bayard 14 5 230.9 km
      Boston Hill 12 1631 km

      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike839 miles5,161 ft15 miles3,173 ft
      34037
      E-Bike33 miles1,191 ft2 miles1,214 ft
      32
      Horse89413 miles60,292 ft190 miles5,381 ft
      #338#2541312729
      Hike99443 miles63,583 ft196 miles5,381 ft
      #4,673#2,2891652961269
      Trail Running98442 miles63,291 ft195 miles5,381 ft
      #4,696#2,29329694
      Dirtbike/Moto23 miles1,191 ft2 miles1,214 ft
      18
      ATV/ORV/OHV11 mile3 ft420 ft213 ft
      18
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