Sapillo Trail

Gila National Forest, New Mexico

Distance3.3mi
Elevation Gain1,230ft
Trailhead Elevation7,114ft
Top7,597ft
Elevation Min/Max7114/7597ft
Elevation Start/End7114/7114ft

Sapillo Trail

Sapillo Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Grant County, New Mexico. It is within Gila National Forest. It is 3.3 miles long and begins at 7,114 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,230 feet.

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Hiking New Mexico's Gila Wilderness (Falcon Guides)
Bill and Polly Cunningham
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"This varied route begins with dramatic overlooks into the box of Sapillo Creek canyon. Here you’ll find solitude in a remote and rugged corner of the Wilderness along with pleasant hot springs. Along the way spectacular volcanic cliffs and formations line the rugged Gila River canyon. Between the hot, dry Spring Canyon Trail and the wet, slow Gila River Trail don’t expect fast hiking. In fact, turn the slowness into a plus as a way to more fully savor the canyon majesty. For the first 6 miles the Spring Canyon Trail weaves in and out of complex topography cut by closely spaced ravines and side canyons. The payoff is the breathtaking view into the colossal canyon of the lower Sapillo Creek box."
Hiking New Mexico's Gila Wilderness (Falcon Guides)
Bill and Polly Cunningham
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"This long excursion begins with dramatic overlooks into the box of Sapillo Creek canyon along with solitude in a remote and rugged corner of the Wilderness. The Gila River valley and side canyons are spectacular with majestic rock formations and Indian ruins.This lower river exploration has some tough stretches, beginning with the endlessly up-and-down Spring Canyon Trail, and the going is slow. Hike this and any of the other trips along the Gila River only if you have enough time to enjoy it. With pesky cobblestones, sticker patches, phantom trails that wash out every few years, and endless crossings on a slippery stream bottom, you can expect to average about 1 mile per hour at best, but the scenery, setting, and solitude are worth it!"
Hiking New Mexico's Gila Wilderness (Falcon Guides)
Bill and Polly Cunningham
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"This route includes dramatic overlooks into the box of Sapillo Creek canyon, which in itself is well worth exploring. There is ample solitude and scenery in this remote and rugged corner of the Wilderness. The hot, dry Spring Canyon Trail is not for the faint of heart or the faint of joint. For the first 6 miles the trail weaves in and out of complex topography cut by closely spaced ravines and side canyons. The payoff is the breathtaking view into the colossal canyon of the lower Sapillo Creek box. Well- conditioned hikers can make the nearly 20-mile round-trip in a day, but the more reasonable option is an overnighter."

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Trail Information

Gila National Forest
Nearby City
Gila National Forest
Parks
Difficult
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Views, Hot Springs
Features
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 Copperas Peak, Granny Mountain, Little Turkey Park, and Gila Hot Springs. Forest Service Gila Wilderness map (2000)
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