Ranger District - Silver City
The Silver City Ranger District is the southern-most district on the Gila National Forest. It comprises three areas, the Burro Mountain region, the area surrounding Silver City, and the portion just west from Emory Pass of the Black Range. These areas combine to form 402,972 acres of National Forest lands that support a diversity of uses including scientific research, mining, domestic livestock grazing, timber harvest, and a variety of recreation activities. Part of the District travels through the Trail of the Mountain Spirits Scenic Byway. Cherry Creek and McMillan Campgrounds are located along this byway on State Highway 15.
For current conditions call (575) 388-8201.
Updated: July 8, 2013
Summer is here, meaning increasing monsoons possible for weather on the Silver City District. Please be extra-careful with any open flame or spark-producing equipment even during our rainier months of the year. Check with the district for updated local driving conditions. Remember to keep a “weather emergency kit” in your car that should include matches, drinking water, blanket or sleeping bag, a small shovel, hand saw or axe, tow chain or strap, and energy bars.
FIRE RESTRICTIONS HAVE BEEN LIFTED ON THE GILA NATIONAL FOREST. Additional closures are also still are in effect in several areas; please go to the Gila National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/gila for current information or contact the Forest directly at 575-388-8201.
Use caution when driving on the district, the area may be subject to sudden flash flooding or muddy, impassable roads unexpectedly. Be careful when parking vehicles and avoid parking over tall dry grass or weeds. Remember to bring drinking water, or be prepared to filter or treat all water from snowmelt, springs, rivers, or creeks. River levels can change rapidly during spring - watch for suddenly rising river or stream levels. Water can still be difficult to find in some areas - remember to bring drinking water if camping in remote areas. Be alert for lightning and approaching storms, especially in the afternoons during summer.
Please be considerate of all persons choosing to recreate on the forest. Remember to be especially bear aware this spring, and continue to watch for snakes. Rabies is also a fact of life in southwestern New Mexico, with several recent reports on the forest. Make sure all pets (including horses) accompanying you have current vaccinations. Never encourage wild animals to approach you, your pets, or campsite. Never feed wild animals.
All roads in the district are open and most are in generally good condition. Signal Peak Road (FR 154) is open to the lookout. Caution is advised on some roads that may be rough or require high-clearance vehicles, especially Turkey Creek Road (FR 155 ) , and also Sheep Corral Canyon Road (FR 282). Meadow Creek Road (FR 149) can be slick on the grade if there has been any moisture. When driving on forest roads, gear should include a shovel, chain or tow strap, and hand axe or saw. The New Mexico road advisory hotline can be accessed 24 hrs a day by dialing 511 (in-state), or 1-800-432-4269 (out-of-state), or by visiting the New Mexico Road Advisory website.
District Ranger: Russell Ward
Address: 3005 E. Camino del Bosque, Silver City NM 88061
Phone: Phone (575) 388-8201, TTY (575) 388-8497, Main Fax (575) 388-8204; SCRD Fax (575) 388-8313
Office hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday to Friday
Contact: Please email our visitor information specialist, Barbara Torres, for more information.
Directions: The Office is located at 3005 E. Camino del Bosque, quarter of a mile north of the intersection of US 180 and 32nd St Bypass in Silver City.
The Silver City Ranger District area description includes an overview of the main towns where the Ranger District offices are located, as well as information on climate, cultural and recreation offerings, medical, schools, employment, housing and transportation.
There are a multitude of recreation opportunities in this district. The Silver City Ranger District has a number of developed campgrounds and numerous undeveloped campgrounds and picnic areas. There are many trails which vary drastically in length and difficulty and accommodate hikers, backpackers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. Several recreation sites make the Silver City Ranger District unique, Little Walnut, Burro Mountains, Fort Bayard and the Gila River Bird Area.