Rocky Canyon Trail 700

Gila National Forest, New Mexico

Elevation Gain3,042ft
Trailhead Elevation6,187ft
Elevation Min/Max6177/7701ft
Elevation Start/End6187/6187ft

Rocky Canyon Trail 700

Rocky Canyon Trail #700 is a hiking trail in Grant County, New Mexico. It is within Gila Wilderness Area and Gila National Forest. It is 9.9 miles long and begins at 6,187 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 19.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,042 feet. The Brannon Spring can be seen along the trail. There are also a corral and a reservoir along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Forest Road 4202t.

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Hiking New Mexico's Gila Wilderness (Falcon Guides)
Bill and Polly Cunningham
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"This excursion features a wide array of attributes. You’ll see rugged, steep- walled canyons, panoramic vistas, a remote midsection, and a historic homestead site. Rocky Canyon offers one of the better shuttle day hikes in the east end of the Gila Wilderness. Portions of the trail receive moderate use, particularly on the north end from the Rocky Canyon forest camp. Despite a mostly uphill route from south to north, this direction is recommended. The modest difference in elevation between the two trailheads of less than 2,000 feet is spread over a long distance, and you’ll appreciate having the sun at your back if you take this trip during the warmer months. This route is the section of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) that cuts across this southeast corner of the Gila Wilderness."

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Trail Information

Gila National Forest
Nearby City
Gila National Forest
Skill Level
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 North Star Mesa. Forest Service Gila Wilderness map (2000)
Local Maps

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