Sheep Corral Trail #231

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Ponderosas along Sheep Corral Trail 231

This steep hike is one of the more popular routes to the Gila River within the wilderness.

The trail provides access to the Gila River within the Gila Wilderness area. It is one of the more popular routes used to get to the Gila River. Good fishing for trout, bass and catfish can be found at certain times of the year near the mouth of the Sapillo Creek.


At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: Motorized equipment and mountain bikes are prohibited in the wilderness area.
Closest Towns: Pinos Altos, NM
Water: No water available. It is advisable to carry your own.
Information Center: Silver City Ranger District
Phone: (505)388-8201

General Information

General Notes:

High clearance vehicles are recommended for travel over Sheep Corral Canyon Road 282.  During summer months the return trip should be made during the cooler morning hours due to the steep climb (15% -20% grades) out of the river valley.

Closest Stores
Silver City is 24 miles from trailhead and has gas, grocery stores, restaurants and lodging.

Connecting Trails:  247



Travel north from Silver City on NM State Hwy 15, turn west on Sheep Corral Canyon Road 282 and travel 7 miles. Trail starts at bottom of Sheep Corral Canyon.




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Horse Riding & Camping

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Horse Riding

Riding and pack stock should be experienced in mountain travel. Please remember to close all gates.

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Difficult
Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
6 Miles

  Elevation : 
5200 - 7160