Meadows Trail 53

Gila National Forest, New Mexico

Elevation Gain2,140ft
Trailhead Elevation6,255ft
Elevation Min/Max6255/7592ft
Elevation Start/End6255/6255ft

Meadows Trail 53

Meadows Trail #53 is a hiking trail in Catron County, New Mexico. It is within Gila Wilderness Area and Gila National Forest. It is 5.9 miles long and begins at 6,255 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,140 feet. This trail connects with the following: Middle Fork Trail #157 and Trail #101.

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Hiking New Mexico's Gila Wilderness (Falcon Guides)
Bill and Polly Cunningham
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"The Meadows Trail is a direct, relatively fast route to the heart of the Middle Fork Gila River. You’ll likely see elk on the mesa along with sweeping mountain vistas and rugged canyon formations. The Meadows are an iconic spot along the Middle Fork with nearby warm (not hot) springs and towering freestanding columns. The river invites further exploration both up and downstream. The Meadows are a key destination for hiking, camping, and fishing on the wild Middle Fork Gila River midway between the Gila Visitor Center and the isolated northern boundary of the Wilderness. It takes 3 to 4 days of spectacular but slow, rough going to reach The Meadows from the visitor center."

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Trail Information

Gila National Forest
Nearby City
Gila Wilderness Area
Skill Level
Hot Springs
Wilderness Ranger District, Mimbres, NM; (575) 536-2250 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon–Fri). Check Gila National Forest website for alerts and warnings.
Local Contacts
USGS Canyon Creek Mountains and Woodland Park. Forest Service Gila Wilderness map (2000)
Local Maps