Silver City Ranger District

Silver City Ranger District sign

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 406,768 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.

Current Conditions

For current conditions call (575) 388-8201.


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.

Use caution when driving on the district, the area may be subject to sudden flash flooding or muddy, impassable roads. 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 Bear Aware and continue to watch for snakes. Rabies is also a fact of life in southwestern New Mexico. 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.

Some roads remain closed after the Signal Fire. 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.

Office Information

Map of location of the Ranger District on the Forest

District Ranger: Beth Ihle

Address: 3005 E. Camino del Bosque, Silver City NM 88061, one-quarter of a mile north of the intersection of US Hwy 180 and 32nd St Bypass in Silver City.

Phone: Phone (575) 388-8201, Main Fax (575) 388-8204; SCRD Fax (575) 388-8313

Office hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday to Friday, except for federal holidays.

Area Description

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, 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 such as Little Walnut, Burro Mountains, Fort Bayard and the Gila River Bird Area.

Silver City, NM is a Continental Divide Trail Gateway Community and is home to events such as CDT Trail Days.


Key Contacts

  • Black Range RD
    Phone (575) 894-6677
  • Glenwood RD
    Phone (575) 539-2481
  • Quemado RD
    Phone (575) 773-4678
  • Reserve RD
    Phone (575) 533-6232
  • Silver City RD
    Phone (575) 388-8201
  • Wilderness RD
    Phone (575) 536-2250