Gila National Forest Guide

New Mexico’s Gila National Forest is home to the first federally declared wilderness area in the United States. Officials have divided this 3.5-million-acre forest into five different sections with headquarters at Truth or Consequences, Glenwood, Reserve, Quemado, and Mimbres. The San Francisco, Gila, and Mimbres Rivers are fantastic places to go fishing and boating while the Cooney's Tomb, El Caso Lookout Tower, Beaverhead, Reed's Peak, and Cherry Creek areas are terrific hiking destinations. When you visit Gila National Forest, leave time to explore the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. The diversity of elevations makes this forest a unique place to visit because; while lower elevations can be hot and dry, higher elevations often stay cool and wet. 

Shape Hiking Trails

Gila National Forest Hiking Trails

Things to Do

Activities in Gila National Forest

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How to get to Gila National Forest

Address: Gila National Forest Headquarters, 3005 E. Camino del Bosque, Silver City, NM 88061 

Fee: Entry Fee (per person) There is no entry fee.

Gila National Forest is a unique place where you can go fishing, hiking, and camping. There are beautiful plants and animals to see in their natural habitat. An RV is a convenient and comfortable way to explore all that Gila National Forest has to offer. If you do not have an RV, it is easy to rent one on