Gila National Forest


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Gila National Forest

Address:3005 E Camino del Bosque
Silver City, NM 88061

Phone:505-388-8201
Fax:505-388-8204
Web: www.fs.fed.us/r3/gila
Size: 3,321,101 acres.
Location:West-central New Mexico. Accessible by US 180; NM 15, 32, 35, 78, 90, 152, and 159. Nearby cities/towns include Deming, Glenwood, Las Cruces, Lordsburg, Reserve, Silver City, and Truth or Consequences.
Facilities:30 campgrounds, group camp, picnic sites, trails (100s of miles).
Activities:Camping, hunting, fishing, rafting, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, ORV riding, bird watching, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing.
Special Features:Forest is semi-desert to alpine country, most of it remote and undeveloped, with elevations of 4,500 to 10,700 feet. Three wilderness areas: Gila Wilderness, the first designated wilderness in the nation, Aldo Leopold Wilderness, and Blue Range Wilderness. Major rivers include Gila River, Mimbres River, and San Francisco River. Points of interest include Catwalk National Recreation Trail, a unique trail of suspended walkways; Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument (see entry in national parks section), well-preserved cliff dwellings dating back to 1200; natural hot springs.

See other parks in New Mexico.
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South of Pie Town, participants encounter some of the toughest-going of the entire route as they pass through Gila National Forest with its sawtooth ridges and valleys.
The Whitewater-Baldy Fire complex in the Gila National Forest of western New Mexico charred over 210,000 acres by the beginning of June.
Mike's family owned a large cattle concession north of our home in New Mexico, located near Lake Valley at the boundary of the Gila National Forest.
On paper, Gila National Forest was the logical place to reintroduce the wolf.
A New Mexico National Guard crew waded across the icy Gila River yesterday to rescue a dehydrated and weak Carolyn Dorn, who entered the Gila National Forest alone on December 6 for a two-week camping trip.
Come explore Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, museums, galleries, Old West history, and the 3-million acre Gila National Forest.
Some can also be found in the Apache-Sitgreaves, Tonto, and Coconino National Forests in Arizona and the Gila National Forest in New Mexico.
Additionally, the TESF fully supports the reintroduction of Mexican wolves into the Gila National Forest, hopefully on the Ladder's allotments, and has offered the services of a biological technician to assist with radio-tracking.
The wolves would be allowed to wander onto the Gila National Forest in southwestern New Mexico, giving them a range of about 5,000 square miles in the Blue Range of the two states.
The Clarke-McNary Act augmented the Weeks Law in establishing a national program of forest-fire prevention; the first Wilderness Area in a national forest was set aside, in Gila National Forest, New Mexico.