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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Franzese and the pilot were bringing the TBM Avenger plane home to Illinois from California when it experienced engine failure over the mountainous terrains of the Gila National Forest, about 45 miles from Whiteriver, Arizona.
It was September 12--Day Two of my elk hunt--and I was in the famous Gila National Forest in southwest New Mexico.
Philip Connors has previously written about his many years as a fire lookout in New Mexico's Gila National Forest. His new memoir, A Song for the River, reflects not only on the wilderness, but also on the lives of those who are touched by it.
4 has grown to 756 acres, said Nick Smokovich, who represents the Gila National Forest in New Mexico but has been helping local crews with the fire just south of Cougar Reservoir.
Slavec, the Nature Conservancy, and the Gila National Forest. Access to the study area at the Middle Rio Grande was provided by City of Albuquerque Open Space, Cochiti Pueblo, Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.
After a call home to share his dejection and an inventory of his supplies, he settled for a Pop-Tart instead, deciding that it was "more of a comedy than a tragedy." 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.
(Gila National Forest): 297,845 acres at 87 percent contained.
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. When Mike wound up inviting me up to his place for a mountain lion hunt with him and his dad, I rode the school bus with him out to the ranch on a Friday afternoon for a weekend hunt.
GILA NATIONAL FOREST, N.M.AuSomething has gone awry in the federal governmentAAEs program to re-establish the population of Mexican gray wolves, the most endangered mammal in North America.
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.