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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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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.

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Southern New Mexico Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) Seeks Proposals for Project Funding

The Southern New Mexico Counties Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) has issued a call for proposals for Title II Special Projects on Federal Lands under the reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000. The deadline to submit project proposal packets is 5:00 p.m. June 03, 2022.

The primary location for projects is intended to be on federal lands, including the Gila National Forest (all Districts), the Lincoln National Forest (Smokey Bear and Sacramento Ranger Districts), and the Magdalena Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest. However, projects can be on non-federal lands within Catron, Grant, Lincoln, Otero, Sierra, or Socorro counties, where projects would benefit resources or people using a national forest. Learn more on how to submit your proposal to the Southern New Mexico Resource Advisory Committee for potential funding.

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

photo of Black Canyon Bridge on North Star Road

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.


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