Frequently Asked Questions About Gila National Forest
Does Gila National Forest offer free camping sites?
Yes, Gila National Forest offers free camping sites. Dispersed camping is allowed in many areas of the forest. Campers must bring everything with them, including water, and leave no trace when they pack up camp.
Is there a limit to how long you can camp in Gila National Forest?
Yes, there is a limit to how long you can camp in Gila National Forest. You can camp for up to 14 days within a 30-day period in the forest.
Is Gila National Forest open all year round?
Yes, the Gila National Forest is open year-round. The weather does get cold in winter, and it can snow between December - February, but there is a lot to see in the forest, regardless of the season! The Gila Cliff Dwellings are also open year-round, except for a few holidays.
Do you need a permit to fish or hunt in Gila National Forest?
Yes, you do need a permit to hunt in Gila National Forest. Anyone twelve or older also needs a fishing license to fish in the forest.
What type of wildlife lives in Gila National Forest?
Wildlife living in Gila National Forest includes black bears, mountain lions, deer, antelope, and wild turkeys. Birds including a variety of raptors also live in the forest - in fact, there have been 337 different bird species seen in the forest.