New Mexico's Gila National Forest
To view detailed information on recreation sites in the Gila National Forest, select a site from the scrolling list and then click on the Select button. Or click on a zoom icon in the map to view a detailed map of the forest.
Due to the Whitewater Fire, the Bursum Road (NM Hwy159) is currently closed from Fanny Springs, approximately 13 miles east of Glenwood, New Mexico, to the junction with Forest System Road 142/County Road C021 (Snow Lake Road). A travel advisory (closures are pending) is posted for the following trails in the Gila Wilderness:
It´s dry down in the Gila country – until you find Lake Roberts, the Gila, Mimbres, and Sacramento Rivers, Quemado and Snow Lakes teaming with fish. It´s hot, too, as you´d expect so close to Mexico – until you hike or ride into the high contry trails up to nearly 11,000 feet.
The nation´s first designated Wilderness Area was the Gila Wilderness. Its champion, the famed naturalist Aldo Leopold, now has a similar "No Vehicle" area named for him. A third Wilderness – the Blue Range – hugs the Arizona border between Glenwood and Reserve, two of the friendly small towns that ring that vast forest. Mining, Indian ruins like the Gila Cliff Dwellings, and ghost towns like Chloride have provided the human history. Today, it´s the hiking and climbing, camping, hunting and fishing, the endless miles of scenic driving that draw visitors to the Gila National Forest.
Explore it yourself in the maps and pages that follow. As always, if there are questions you find unanswered e-mail them to the New Mexico PLIC at email@example.com.
Address & Phone:
3005 E. Camino del Bosque
Silver City, NM 88061
Voice: (575) 388-8201
TTY: (575) 388-8485