Gila River

Silver City, New Mexico 88053

Gila River

Gila River Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This long watery corridor, lifeblood of the Gila, has it all. You’ll ?nd spellbinding canyons, majestic rock formations, Indian ruins, historic cabin sites, pleasant hot springs, and a lengthy river valley offering wild solitude. The Gila River is one of the few southwestern streams that can be floated during a narrow window in the spring. Of course the best time for floating during higher water is the worst time for hiking because of countless river crossings.

If you’re making this epic journey up to the Gila Bridge during a marginal in- between time, when you can barely wade and floaters can barely float, you may encounter each other along the way. The irony is that by constantly pulling their boats across gravel bars they’ll be working at least as hard as upriver backpackers."

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Trail Information

Silver City
Nearby City
790 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Best May through November
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, Granny Mountain, Little Turkey Park, and Gila Hot Springs. Forest Service Gila Wilderness map (2000); 2013 Gila National Forest map (to navigate forest roads to trailhead)
Local Maps

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