Meadow along Black Canyon Trail #72The Gila's backpacking trails will lead you from the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert to the brink of alpine tundra through some of the most spectacular scenery. The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail is one of the most well known routes.  Backpackers should leave information at home with family or friends:  where they enter the forest, when they will be coming out, make, model, color and license plate number of their vehicle, names and phone numbers of all members of the hiking party.

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