Lightfeather Hot Springs

Silver City, New Mexico

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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.
Hiking New Mexico's Gila Wilderness

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Hiking New Mexico's Gila Wilderness

by Bill and Polly Cunningham (Falcon Guides)

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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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Silver City
Distance: 1
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1-2 hours
Season: Year-round
Features: Hot Springs
Local Contacts: 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 Maps: USGS Gila Hot Springs. Forest Service Gila Wilderness map (2000)
Driving Directions: Directions to Lightfeather Hot Springs

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May 2018