Lightfeather Hot Springs

Silver City, New Mexico 88061

Lightfeather Hot Springs

Lightfeather Hot Springs Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This is the most easily accessible hot springs in the Gila, being adjacent to the Wilderness boundary. Its beautiful setting below the cliffs along the lower Middle Fork Gila make it all the more attractive.

From the trailhead parking area, walk down the old roadbed past the gate to the first river crossing at 0.2 mile near the entrance to the lower Middle Fork canyon. After another 0.2 mile the trail splits, with a steep, rocky, high- water route continuing left. Take the river bottom trail to the right leading to the second crossing. The hot springs emerge from a cleft in the rock on the right (east) side of the river at 0.5 mile. The water comes out at a scalding 130 degrees F but is cooled to a pleasantly warm temperature in several tiny, shallow pools next to the river. The signed Wilderness boundary is immediately upstream adjacent to a narrow, rocky section of the trail."

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Trail Information

Silver City
Nearby City
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1-2 hours
Hot Springs
Gila Visitor Center (operated by the National Park Service in cooperation with Forest Service field staff); (575) 536-9461; summer hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 7 days/wk; winter hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 7 days/wk
Local Contacts
USGS Gila Hot Springs. Forest Service Gila Wilderness map (2000)
Local Maps

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Dec 2018