Gila Wilderness

Area Status: Open
This area is Open


A large portion of the Gila Wilderness has been closed due to the Whitewater/Baldy Fire Complex. If you plan on recreating in open portions of the Gila Wilderness, please use extreme caution. See map for closure area.


The 558,065-acre Gila Wilderness, created in June 1924 at the urging of the great conservation pioneer Aldo Leopold, was the world's first designated wilderness