Gila National Forest
Located less that 4 hours east of Tuscon and about two hours northwest from from Las Cruces, NM, is a fantastic natural treasure. The Gila National Forest covers over 2.5 million acres in the state of New Mexico. Actually, the nearest town of any size is Silver City – less than an hour away.
The Gila is millions of acres of forested hills, majestic mountains and range land. It is probably best known for its wilderness areas, in particular the Gila Wilderness – the first wilderness in the United States. The magnificent mountain scenery, cool summer temperatures and relatively warm winters permit a wide range of recreational opportunities during all seasons.
Quiet, dark nights offer amazing views of the stars. Gila National Forest seems to be a very popular location catching meteor showers and other heavenly views.
Camping for Everyone
US Forest Service – The Gila National Forest offers beautiful camping areas that range widely from low to high elevation, lakeside to forested and primitive to developed. The more developed campgrounds offer electrical hookups and dump stations for RV or trailer camping, while the more primitive offer only a toilet. Most of the campsites tend to be directed toward the more primitive camping experience.
All type of hiking – Trails for all levels of hiker
With hundreds of miles and difficulty levels ranging form easy to challenging, the trails in The Gila National Forest provide something for everyone.
Backpacking trails will lead you from the edge of the desert, all the way up to alpine beauty, showing you some of the most beautiful views in the area. Several shorter trails provide the casual day-hiker plenty of choices to catch the local beauty. Most of the campgrounds we checked on, have trail-heads very close by. The natural beauty and wildlife in this area is spectacular, don’t forget your camera, you will not want to miss a shot of any of it. The most common wildlife Gila National Forest are black bear, mountain lion, elk, and deer.