Turkey Creek Trail 155

Gila National Forest, New Mexico

Elevation Gain10,608ft
Trailhead Elevation4,797ft
Elevation Min/Max4791/8550ft
Elevation Start/End4797/4797ft

Turkey Creek Trail 155

Turkey Creek Trail #155 is a hiking trail in Catron County and Grant County, New Mexico. It is within Gila Wilderness Area and Gila National Forest. It is 26.6 miles long and begins at 4,797 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 53.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 10,608 feet. Horse Spring and other springs can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Miller Springs Trail #159, Granite Peak Trail #150, Trail #177, Trail #187 and West Fork Trail #151.

Turkey Creek Trail #155 Professional Reviews and Guides

"These soothing hot springs include a swimming hole and water slide in a remote setting deep in a wilderness canyon. The hike is just far enough to make you feel that you’ve earned a good soak.

The hot springs on Turkey Creek are a magnet to the warm-water set with swimming holes and a slickrock water slide into a deep, heated plunge pool, as well as a couple of hot springs. The setting is serene in a dramatic bouldered canyon with forested hillsides—rising to ridges hundreds of feet above."

"This varied shuttle route makes a grand sweep across the heart of the Gila Wilderness. The rugged volcanic canyon of Turkey Creek is riddled with pools and cascades. Miller Spring and cabin is a special point of interest along with Little Turkey Park and Little Creek.

This hike begins and ends at two very busy locations but traverses a wild and primitive region of the Wilderness. The hot springs on Turkey Creek are a magnet for visitors, especially on weekends. Likewise, the Gila corridor attracts thousands of visitors at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. The land in between is quiet and remote, just like it was when Aldo Leopold wandered these trails."

"Save this long watery route for when stream levels are low and the Turkey Creek Road is in good shape. This rewarding loop covers Turkey Creek canyon with cascades and pools to Miller Spring, then over Granny Mountain, returning on the Gila River.

This backpack loop up Turkey Creek, over Granny Mountain, and back down the Gila River has the variety of a broad river valley, a narrow volcanic creek canyon, pinyon-juniper mesa, and a forested mountain ridge. Only in the first 3 miles and the final mile are you likely to encounter other hiking parties."

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Trail Information

Gila National Forest
Nearby City
Gila Wilderness Area
Skill Level
Additional Use
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 Hill, Diablo Range, Granny Mountain, Little Turkey Park. Forest Service Gila Wilderness map (2000); 2013 Gila National Forest map (to navigate forest roads to trailheads)
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Nov 2018