Gila Backcountry Services
Zack and Jamie Crockett
23 Airstrip Rd
Gila Hot Springs, New Mexico
HC 68 Box 75Y
Silver City, NM 88061
Phone: 530-620-2487
The Gila Wilderness
Operating under a special use permit from Gila National Forest.
Gila Backcountry Services, Gila Hot Springs, New Mexico      530.620.2487
The river meets a cliffRaya the Mule Carrying precious cargo across the Gila RiverFall color from a Bigtooth Maple.Looking down into camp.Cliff with CavesJavalina mother and babyMore HoodoosDatura FlowerLower Gila RiverRidgeside trail, Whitewater Canyon.Nopal Cactus on Little Whitewater.Gila River meets a cliff.Scenery from the river bottom.Columbine FlowerBig Horn SheepHikers on Turkey Creek.A view of HoodoosWterfalls on the Middle Fork of the Gila RiverLooking upstream on the Middle Fork of the Gila River.Sheridan Gap Stream.Blanca the Mule grazing at campAgave readying to sproutArrowhead HoodooACliffs near the Sapillo confluence.Spiney LizardThe trees were thiiiiis big.Cactus FlowerCanyon WallGila landscapeDescending into the Middle Fork of the Gila.
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America's First Wilderness

Aldo Leopold pioneered the concept of protecting land for it's wilderness value.  Due to his and other's efforts, the Gila Wilderness was established in 1924.  It remains the largest in the Southwest at 558,000 acres.  Another 220,000 acres are protected in the adjacent Aldo Leopold Wilderness. 

The Gila was once home to prehistoric people known as the Mogollon (muggy-OWN).  Evidence of their occupation is found throughout the wilderness in cliff dwellings, pit house remains, petroglyphs and pottery.  The largest of these sites is preserved at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, just a few miles from our headquarters.

The wide-ranging Apaches were the sole inhabitants of the Gila for centuries.  Their nomadic lifestyle left little evidence, but their clashes with later arrivals is well documented.  Miners, mountain men and pioneers all had their day before wilderness protection.  Historical sites are common and many natural features bear names stemming from those times. 

For more information about the Gila Wilderness please go to The Gila National Forest Website.
Around the campfire at night.  Photo credit: Steve Kennedy
Whatever draws you to the natural world: the bugle of an elk, the howl of a wild wolf, the sparkling dazzle of a night sky, the tug of a trout at the end of your line, or the piercing scream of a Black Hawk gliding high in the sky above - the Gila Wilderness has it all.
Our headquarters is located at Gila Hot Springs, surrounded by the wilderness.  Our friendly, professional, experienced guides and sturdy pack animals can help maximize your time and enjoyment during your visit to the Gila. 

We have much to offer the wilderness camper:

Our economical Packing Service is great for do-it-yourself campers who just want their gear and supplies packed in.

Full service Hiking Trips and Riding Trips give you the benefit of our knowledge of the Gila plus we do the planning and provide all the gear and supplies.

Shuttle Service allows hikers, riders and boaters to do one way trips across the wilderness and have your vehicle or transportation waiting for you at the end of the trip.

See the Sample Itineraries for trip suggestions.
Guided Camping Trips for Hikers and Horseback Riders
The Gila Wilderness encompasses the headwaters of the Gila River; its
forks, tributaries and surrounding mountains offer some of the most
spectacular scenery and ideal campsites in the American Southwest. 
Visitors travel through deep winding canyons, beneath tall pines and
towering rock formations.  Lovely pools and staggering vistas await around
every bend.  A great diversity of plant and animal life adds to the interest. 
Here are wonderful opportunities for hiking, riding, swimming, fishing, bird
watching, photography, and wildlife viewing, as well as exploring rarely
visited wild places, hot springs and archaeological sites. 

The Gila Wilderness is one of America's best kept secrets.  You won't find crowds of people here.  This remote Southwestern location offers unparalleled solitude and spectacular night skies, unblemished by light pollution.

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