Best Trails in Gila National Forest

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on Gila Cliff Dwellings Trai...
12 days ago

hiking

Went years ago, great place, but definitely off the beaten path

on Jordan Hot Springs
12 days ago

backpacking

The hike to these springs definitely pays off when you get to soak in the hot springs. Such a beautiful place here in the Gila Wilderness. I recommend bringing water shoes for the many river crossings. Also check the weather ahead of time, it rained up the canyon and the river rose a few feet. Had to hike out a day later to wait for the river to recede in order to cross. Such a beautiful place to backpack and camp to. I'd say it was moderately difficult.

on Meadows Hells Hole Loop T...
21 days ago

backpacking

Wonderful route, glorious views

on Middlefork (Lightfeather)...
24 days ago

backpacking

Trail is easy, 2 water crossings. Needs rebuilding pretty regularly. fully adjustable temperature

on Continental Divide Trail ...
1 month ago

hiking

Took my two dogs here while it was overcast. nice hike. the silver city area is really nice as far as desert goes

on Gila Cliff Dwellings Trai...
2 months ago

hiking

Great view into the past!

on Fort Bayard Champion Tree
2 months ago

hiking

Very cool trail enjoyed seeing the tree, directions were a little misleading however

on Rain Creek
2 months ago

hiking

Tried to hike the trail today... It is a neighborhood!!! Very upscale houses and lots where the trailhead should be. Followed the directions given by all trails to a tee. Was hindered by progress instead

on Jordan Hot Springs
2 months ago

backpacking

Exactly 15 crossings to get there. Camp sites near by. Clean area. Beautiful!

on Mineral Creek Trail
4 months ago

hiking

This is our very favorite trail that we have hiked in New Mexico. It is absolutely gorgeous! My 11 year old son says that he thinks this is what heaven is going to look like. There is foliage, wildflowers (at the right time of year, of course!), waterfalls, fabulous rock formations, soaring canyon walls, and a natural stone arch. You have to hike through the creek to stay on the trail, but that is part of the beauty of the trail. This is good hike for children--my 6 year old did it with me and my 11 and 13 year old children. We just love it, and we will be back soon!

on Continental Divide Trail ...
4 months ago

Good trail that gets deep in the NM forest. Very quiet and serene.

on Little Bear Canyon Middle...
4 months ago

One of the most amazing trails ever! Very awesome!!

on EE Canyon Loop
5 months ago

Easy enough of a hike but trail through EE canyon was hard to follow. USFS had done some trail clearing in 2015 but still tough. But this was a downhill dry canyon towards a river so getting lost was not a concern. In March 2016 I encountered no hikers except a few backpackers on the West Fork trail.

on Signal Peak Trail
5 months ago

hiking

Trailhead is about 1/4 mike N of milepost 14 on NM15. First 1/4 mile of trail a challenge to track through a marsh but easy after that. Not as steep as expected. Hiked trail in March and was the only hiker. Can't go past Signal Peak tower due to USFS restrictions from forest fire 2 years ago.

on Little Bear Canyon Middle Fork Gila...
9 months ago

Nice hike! Wound up going to Jordan Springs for 2 nights. Plenty of water and scenery. Went in October mid week. Hardly anyone there.

on Little Bear Canyon Middle...
9 months ago

Did this hike Oct 13,15.....very scenic, not a lot of people on the trail, the hiker was worth it's weight in platinum. ....camped by Jordan hot springs, paradise on earth, water from river was so good, tasted better than Evian, I wanna do this trip in winter, who's down?

on Gila Cliff Dwellings Trai...
10 months ago

hiking

As previously stated, the drive there is long but this is due to the road being very narrow & winding. I routinely take my sportsbike for a cruise from Truth or Consequences to Silver City (Dwellings are almost halfway between the two) bc the road is very difficult. The plus is that the scenery on the way there is fantastic. I spotted many places to hike for next time. The dwellings themselves are pretty cool, given the historical significance & awesome location, but it isn't very large. The hike is nicely shaded & very easy. I'd compare it to a stroll though a park. One of the rangers acts like a drill sergeant (we were sternly told to sit in one exact spot & not move an inch because of lightening in the area, so my friend & other trapped hikers spent a few hours being as annoying as possible)...but the others are very nice. If you're looking for some good hiking, there are better places. If you want to spend a relaxing evening driving, taking in the views, & seeing a really cool historical place, I recommend it. Note: of the many places I have hiked, this was one of the few that I did see rattlesnakes.

on Mineral Creek Trail
1 year ago

fly fishing

Fished this section several times always love it

on Gila Cliff Dwellings Trai...
1 year ago

hiking

As we drove through Silver City, NM, we made the two hour drive out to this park. I’ll admit, by the end of the day, I’m not certain the two hour drive is worth it. But if you love history, you should get out here. The city in the cliff is incredible, with so many small rooms and buildings, it’s easy to imagine what it was like to live there. The hike up isn’t bad, with plenty of spots to sit down if you need to. And the city is easy to access with a smooth hike back down to complete the loop. Worth visiting, definitely, just know it’s a long trip.