Aldo Leopold Wilderness

Area Status: Open

The United States Congress designated the Aldo Leopold Wilderness in 1980 and it has a total of 202,016 acres. All of the wilderness is in New Mexico and is managed by the Gila National Forest. The wilderness area lies along the cest of the Black Range.

The area with the Aldo Leopold Wilderness was formerly part of the Gila Wilderness. The Aldo Leopold Wilderness was named for one of history's most influential conservationists, and protects the roughest, wildest portions of one of New Mexico's wildest corners -- the Black Range. The elevations in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness range from 6,000 feet to 10,165 feet. The Aldo Leopold is rugged and remote and is often considered New Mexico's "wildest wilderness."

At a Glance

Permit Info: No permits needed. Please check with the local ranger districts for fire restriction status.
Information Center: Wilderness Ranger District                   Black Range Ranger District
Phone: (575)536-2250                           Phone: (575) 894-6677


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