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Visit dark sky parks, canyon catwalks, cave dwellings, majestic mountain scenery and experience the adventure you've been missing!

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Sunrise from Emory Pass. Courtesy photo by James Apodaca.

The Gila National Forest has over three million acres of forested hills, majestic mountains, and range land. It is probably best known for its wilderness areas, in particular the Gila Wilderness - the first wilderness in the United States. The magnificent mountain scenery, cool summer temperatures and relatively warm winters permit a wide range of recreational opportunities during all seasons.

  • Celebrating Wilderness at its Birthplace

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    The Gila Wilderness is turning 100 in 2024. Learn about special events for the birthday of the nation's oldest wilderness.

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    Help celebrate Smokey Bear's 80th Birthday.

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A Path through the Wilderness: The Story of Forest Road 150

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Imagine the world in 1875. The Civil War has been over for ten years. The normal mode of transportation in southern New Mexico is either horseback, or a horse-drawn wagon. Black cavalry and infantry troops, known as Buffalo Soldiers, were sent to the American West to take part in the Indian wars and the protection of settlers.


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New Mexico Enchantment Pass

Plan your adventures and save money! The new Enchantment Pass offers access to dozens of New Mexico National Forests’ recreation areas for one low annual fee of $40.

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