Welcome to the Gila National Forest
With 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.
Preparing for Your Visit to the Gila National Forest
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Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) is an emergency response program that involves time-critical actions. The Black Post-Fire Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Assessment Report and Map are available on InciWeb.
Post-fire BAER work continues on Gila National Forest
Release Date: Aug 19, 2022
Black Fire area reopoened
Release Date: Aug 10, 2022
Imagine the world in 1875. The Civil War has been over for five 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.