Turkey Creek Hot Springs is a 10.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Silver City, New Mexico that features hot springs and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length10.9 miElevation gain564 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingCampingHikingNature tripsDog friendlyHot springsRiverViewsWildflowersOver grownOff trail
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Malcolm Reese
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BackpackingGreat!Over grown
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Samantha Sepulveda
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BackpackingGreat!

This place is simply amazing... I love the Gila wilderness... has so many beautiful things to offer. The dirt road to get to the trail is rough on some parts, a high clearance vehicle is recommended. The trail can be hard to follow, I recommend downloading an offline gps. This hike was easy ... got a little challenging the last mile to get to the hot springs but very doable. If you are backpacking, I suggest staying near the hot springs to really enjoy them.

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Alan Gluth
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Hiking

Let me say up front that this is not a hike for the casual hiker. First is the drive on Turkey Creek Road out of Gila. It’s six miles of very rough dirt road. While a 4x4 vehicle isn’t mandatory, you need a high clearance vehicle. Once you get to the end of the road, you really need to download some maps because you’ll have no service. Even with the maps, it’s not abundantly clear for the first 3/4 mile how to get to the Gila River crossing because there is not a real clear trail. Once you cross the Gila River, you continue to follow a dirt road until it ends just past a windmill. After the dirt road ends and the trail begins, the trail is actually easy and clear for a good 3 miles or so. The real challenge begins when you have to leave the main trail in order to follow the creek bed (there is a wood sign at this particular juncture that says there is no trail and that it is dangerous). We lost the trail several times but kept going. At one point we had to get on our hands and knees to get through a small passage to get around impassible boulders. Eventually, we reached the hot springs. The “springs” are nothing more than a large number of seeps of extremely hot water that enters the creek. There are man-made pools to trap the hot spring water. Some of the pools, particularly further up the creek from the main pools, are so hot you could never get in them without scalding yourself. You need to plan on at least 2-3 hours to really explore the hot spring area. Now, if you are doing this hike on a day hike, you better leave very early. We started hiking at 9:30 am and got back to our car at 5:30 pm and could only stay at the springs for an hour and a half and it wasn’t long enough. You really need to start hiking by 8:00 to 8:30 am to do this hike right (at least during the winter). Again, if you are a casual day hiker who likes a clear trail, this is not the hike for you. We absolutely loved the hike, but we love to go off the beaten path and explore deeper parts of the Gila wilderness.

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Carrie Wilbur
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Hiking

It was a rough trail to follow but it was amazing!!

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Jon Ruffolo
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BackpackingOff trailScramble

Most of the trail is all atv road for the first few miles. it crosses the turkey creek and later the gila river numerous times. we crossed 10 times during the first six miles and then had to climb up a waterfall to get to the hot springs. we ended up not making it to the hot springs. the trail becomes completely unmaintained, almost like the forest service doesn't exactly want people going there or something. the real trail continues up the ridge and then back into the canyon and connects to the gila trail system.

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Brenton Ezeofor
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Hiking

we didn't make it too the hot springs, the river was too wide and cold, but the 3 miles we hiked in was very enjoyable. I would recommend it too strong hikers

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tighe burg
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Hiking

This is mostly an ohv trail. It doesn't turn into a hiking trail untill 2/3 of the way in. Very busy, people riding ohvs all hours of the night.

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Janice Sartin
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HikingMuddyNo shadeOver grown
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Greg Smith
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Went in December. Water crossings very cold. followed the trail waypoints on the all trails map, got to the end, started to get dark, couldn't find the hotspring. If you have a medium clearance vehicle and some common sense the road is tame. Only at the end of the road there are a few deep ruts. Saw 5 wild turkeys and got growled at by something that sounded like a mountain lion.

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Cedar McCrary
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Backpacking

I grew up taking annual family hikes to Turkey creek in the early 80’s through 90’s. My last trip was 1998 to show it to my husband. It’s a very dry hot trip any later than early June and it’s extremely important to now put your head In the water or get it splashed in face or mouth due to bacteria in the water. Now that the kids are older I may just have to take them up the trail! The road in is narrow and hard on your tires and 4wheel drive is definitely a good idea... although I did watch my uncle Clyde make it across the Gila 4 crossings in his Blue 1972 Mustang in 1985;) Definitely fond memories of this whole area!

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Lisa Merriman
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Hiking

Beautiful hike, not difficult, but never found the hot springs? Looked up and down the river at the place where the trail ends on the map, but no dice. Might have dried up? Still found a nice little swimming hole (several options for this), so it was worthwhile. Road getting in is quite rugged, definitely need 4WD and high clearance.

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Aaron Kassaw
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Hiking

Sure would help if the location of the hot spring was marked better.

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larry waltzer
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Hiking

Would be a 5 but you will need a high profile vehicle, also a longer drive down dirt roads. No one there on Labor Day. VERY nice

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Tara Carey
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Hiking

A tricky trail to follow but a wonderful destination. With multiple river crossings and often the need to walk in the creek, Hiking sandals are the best bet for footwear. I did this hike on a warm spring weekend and It was a little unnerving to find that people had driven trucks pretty far out into the wilderness. Before the final Gila river crossing I came across several large parties with sprawling campsites. Once I entered the canyon and began heading up Turkey Creek the hike was much more peaceful. Hotsprings, swimming holes and flat shady camping spots beneath the cottonwoods make this a great overnight.

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Joseph Zummach
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Hiking
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My intro to this trail was almost twenty years ago, now since the cat is out of the bag on this unique and beautiful trail I will rave here. Imagine a four season hike through prime riparian habitat with a hot spring destination. We need to keep the public informed of this fragile and still potentially endangered area of the Gila wilderness due to Four wheel access along the canyon bottoms right to the wilderness boundary! I hike in sandals keep to the flood zone along creek to avoid impact on the more fragile slopes and terraces, unless there is a trail.

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Sarah Dettloff Pasquesoone
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Samira Khalil
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Hannah Lochner
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David Baake
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Ben Nealon
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David Baake
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Hannah Lochner
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katie walters
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