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McKnight Mountain 10,165 Lake 27 Roberts" 28 282 211 GRANT CO HIDALGO CO 24 " 26 O "" ! 2-52 Gila River Bird Area Truth or Consequences WILDERNESS O ! 2-24 293 Cuchillo 15 7 15 2-19 5-12 LEOPOLD RANGE Gila 180 Winston 26 Nutt 7 Mimbre s 7 NEW MEXICO 5 TA 22 " 23 " 20 21 BLACK 5 2-1 78 UN ELEPHANT BUTTE LAKE STATE PARK 52 0 O C006 Chloride 15 M Lookout Mtn 8872 ALDO 19 " ! O Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument Mule Creek . C003 Gila Visitor Center WILDERNESS CATRON CO GRANT CO CATRON CO " Fo rk st F ork W GILA ! 7 18 " 17 SIERRA CO 59 Ea 1 94 28 O " . C021 Midd le 14 es t GO . SOCORRO CO 4 Sa nF ran cis co Riv er ! 9 S " Ri 3 28 S KID IN Snow Lake Vista Village Ruins ARIZONA TN APACHE ! 9 Beaverhead Work Center 0 1 13 MO " 15 C016 16 " ! Catwalk National Recreation Trail Glenwood ! ? B054 15 4 " 11 Eagle Peak 9786 30 Mogollon 12 " 174 . Forest 163 14 1 " Alma BOSQUE DEL APACHE WILDLIFE REFUGE WILDERNESS 10 159 M O IN TA AREA NA LA M TA N UN RANGE PRIMITIVE WILDERNESS LE TU RO SA U S MO BLUE 107 Cibola O RANGE 8 " C013 9 TE 435 9 " 54 S WILDERNESS MA 3 Reserve ! ? Pine Lawn Rest Area ! O PL N AI 9 ! F ! 9 National San Francisco Overlook 9 O B019 WITHINGTON N N ! O ! 9 20 7 " 12 52 SA 6 " Apache Creek ! Archeological O Interpretive Site U DA Apache Creek Luna SA G Forest IN AG A ! 9 M ST B012 ! 9 Cibola 12 M A N G A S M O U N TA I N S Socorro 2 2 13 93 Apache National Forest (Administered by Gila NF) ? ! ! O National Radio Astronomy Observatory VLA Telescope B029 ESCUDILLA M O U N TA I N WILDERNESS 25 60 4 " B024 REFUGE NS Forest 103 4225 BLUE WILDLIFE National 60 NATIONAL 5 603 1 Quemado 32 180 SEVILLETA NAVAJO R NEW MEXICO 36 ! ? F BEA 1 ARIZONA C 23 A 90 26 Riv er Lordsburg 180 May1 Piñon B2 7800 22 ! Sept 14 All 14 B2 7800 25 2 El Caso ! Year May- 14 3 Juniper B2 7800 36 ! Sept All 14 Armijo Springs B2 7800 5 4 ! Year Valle Tio Vences & All 5 Public Corrals C2 8240 4 ! Year 14 All 14 A3 7150 4 6 Head of the Ditch ! Year All 14 B3 6410 8 7 Apache Creek ! Year All 14 Cottonwood Canyon A3 5805 5 8 ! Year AprA3 6150 6 9 Pueblo Park ! Nov 14 Cosmic International A4 5364 All 14 10 Dark Sky Sanctuary ! Year All 14 Big Horn A4 4800 5 11 ! Year Whitewater Picnic Area All A4 5200 12 & Catwalk N.R.T. 24 Year ! May- 14 B4 8000 6 13 Ben Lilly ! Nov Apr- 14 Willow Creek B4 7950 6 14 ! Nov* All 4 15 Aldo Leopold Vista A4 5213 ! Year Apr- 14 Dipping Vat B4 7350 40 16 ! Nov May- 14 C4 8040 6 Aeroplane Mesa 17 ! Nov All 14 Wolf Hollow C4 7840 5 18 ! Year All Scorpion C5 5700 17 19 ! Year 14 All 14 20 C5 6000 17 ! Forks Year All 14 21 Grapevine C5 6000 ! Year LUNA CO 10 22 ! Upper Black Canyon C5 6750 23 ! Lower Black Canyon C5 6750 3 24 ! Rocky Canyon C5 7400 2 _ !9 !5 ! 25 ! Mesa C5 6150 23 !9 !5 !C _ 26 ! Lake Roberts Picnic Area C5 6050 l _! 9! 5! ! 27 ! Upper End C5 6050 12 !9 !5 ! _ 28 ! Sapillo Group Area C6 6250 8 ! _! 9! 5 29 ! McMillan C6 6950 3 30 ! Cherry Creek C6 6800 12 !9 !5 ! ! W F !9 !5 ! g Arrastra Interpretive Site Little Walnut 32a Picnic Area ! Little Walnut East 32b Group Picnic Area ! 32c Little Walnut West ! Group Picnic Area 33 Gomez Peak ! Group Picnic Area 31 ! !! 9! 5 W W! F !9 !! _ W! F ! _! 9! C! l! 95 34 ! 6 C6 6800 C6 6450 15 C6 6450 C6 6450 3 C6 6450 Dragonfly Trailhead C6 6200 W !9 !l !g !{ !C !! _ 35 ! Upper Gallinas D6 6894 4 4 W F! !9 !C !5 !! _ 36 ! Railroad Canyon D6 6854 3 3 W !9 !C !! _ 37 ! Iron Creek D6 7200 15 A !! !9 !l !! 38 ! Wright’s Cabin D6 7600 6 W !9 !F !l !! 39 ! Emory Pass Observation D6 8200 3 40 ! Kingston D6 6150 2 W 9lCF! AprNov AprNov AprNov All Year All Year All Year All Year AprOct AprOct All Year All Year All Year All Year All Year All Year AprOct AprNov AprOct All Year All Year All Year E F GILA NATIONAL FOREST Stay Limit/Days Season of Use Picnic Units Camp Units Elevation Site Name Location Facilities D DOÑA ANA CO LUNA CO GRANT CO GRANT CO C Site Number Season of Use Stay Limit/Days Picnic Units Camp Units Elevation Site Name B Location Site Number A Deming 8 8 HIDALGO CO 10 NEW MEXICO 2018 0 Facilities 14 6 12 Miles W! F 9FC! Gila National Forest Land Adjacent National Forest Land Gila NF Wilderness Adjacent NF Wilderness US Fish and Wildlife Lands New Mexico State Parks Navajo Reservation Land 14 ! W! F !F !C !! _! 9l W! F 14 ! _! 9! F! C! 14 _ !9 !F !l !g !! ! 1 !!! ! ! ! 14 ! ! ! ! ! ! Interstate Highway Primary Highway Improved Road, Paved Improved Road, Gravel Improved Road, Dirt Primitive Road, Dirt Scenic Byway F ! 14 F 14 _ !9 !5 !! F !9 !5 !! 14 _ !F O ! !!! ! ! !!! R ! !! R 14 ! ! 9! 5 14 ! 9 !F !5 !C ! 14 ! ! 9! 5 5 ! !5 !C ! 14 ! 9 !5 ! Interstate Route U.S. Route 61 R! !! 25 180 State Route 1325 County Road 142 Forest Road 37 " Gila NF Recreation Site ! 9 Recreation Sites, Other Than Gila NF O Point of Interest Gila National Forest Supervisor’s Office ? Ranger District Office 7 Forest Service Administrative Site * All recreation sites are subject to closure due to fire or flood damage. Contact the local Ranger District for current information. - Please call ahead for additional information. - Trailer parking sites may have size limitations. - Pets must be on leash in all recreation sites. www.recreation.gov 1(877) 444-6777 ¡BIENVENIDOS! Welcome...to Gila National Forest Welcome to Gila National Forest, 3.3 million acres of publicly owned forest and range land, rising above the desert country of southwestern New Mexico. The forest is a rugged realm of cactus and grass, juniper and pine, spruce and aspen, and few people. One unit lies less than 50 miles from the international border with Mexico. The main unit forms an irregular outline about 65 by 100 miles in an area just north of Silver City. RG-R3-06-04 Glenwood RD P.O. Box 8 Glenwood, NM 88039 (575) 539-2481 Black Range RD 1804 North Date Street Truth or Consequences, NM 87901 (575) 894-6677 Reserve RD P.O. Box 170 Reserve, NM 87830 (575) 533-6232 Gila National Forest 3005 East Camino del Bosque Silver City, NM 88061 (575) 388-8201 Quemado RD P.O. Box 159 Quemado, NM 87829 (575) 773-4678 For maps and other information, contact: LAS CRUCES 10 ! SILVER SILVER CITY DEMING ! £ ¤¤ £ 70 54 ALAMOGORDO ! ! TRUTH !OR CONSEQUENCES Wildlife and fish are valuable resources of the forest. Each year thousands of visitors come to Gila to fish, hunt, and view wildlife, providing an important source of income for businesses in nearby communities. Big game species, such as mule deer, are common on the Gila. There are also many beautiful Sonoran whitetail or “Coues” deer. Numerous trophy class game animals have been taken in recent years. Pronghorn find forage on the grassland areas, while black bear and turkey are found Brown Bear Cub throughout the forest. Javalina, or collared peccary, prefer to live in the warmer areas. Majestic Rocky Mountain elk roam in significant numbers, ranging from the lower elevations of piñon and juniper country up into the aspen high country. Fort Bayard Wildlife Refuge, 10 miles east of Silver City, offers the unique opportunity of viewing elk especially during autumn. In 1964, bighorn sheep were reintroduced into Gila country and are sometimes seen in the area southwest of Glenwood, along the San Francisco River, and in the Turkey Creek area. Gila National Forest is federal land managed in trust for all citizens. Its management requires different laws and regulations based on local conditions. It is your responsibility to become familiar with restrictions by checking with local offices and reading signs and bulletin boards. It is also your responsibility to be aware of the potential risks and take safety precautions at all times when visiting the Gila. Changing terrain, forest, and weather conditions present a wide variety of hazards. Hazards include but are not limited to: snow, landslides, falling trees or limbs, high or rushing water, contaminated water, wild animals, severe weather, becoming lost or overexerted, hypothermia, and exposure to the unreasonable acts of other people. The Gila offers fairly primitive camping opportunities. Camping on the Gila is limited to 14 cumulative days within a 30-day period. Campers must move off forest after the 14 cumulative days. Often there is no trash service, so the forest recommends a “Pack It In/Pack It Out” policy and asks that visitors practice “Leave No Trace” principles. For more information on “Leave No Trace,” go to https://lnt.org Other wildlife include the reclusive mountain lion, porcupine, bobcat, ringtail, coati, several species of bats, many small mammals, and almost 350 species of birds including golden eagles, goshawks, and great horned, flammulated, and Mexican spotted owls. £ ¤ 180 ! !CARRIZOZO 380 £ ¤ 60 £ ¤ £ ¤ ROSWELL 380 25 £ ¤ £ ! SOCORRO £ ! QUEMADO 70 ¤ £ ¤ CLOVIS! 54 SANTA ROSA ! ! ! 40 GRANTS ALBUQUERQUE 40 ! GALLUP ! SANTA FE 25 ! RATON 2018 United States Department of Agriculture Gila Pocket Guide Recreation Wilderness The scenic drives, camp and picnic grounds, rushing streams, and majestic mountains of the Gila draw thousands of visitors each year. Leisure travel through the forest is the most popular recreational use. The tall timber around Reserve and Willow Creek, the famous Catwalk National Recreation Trail in Whitewater Canyon near Glenwood, the historic Fort Bayard area, and the fabled gold mining ghost town of Mogollon are other popular sites to enjoy. A pleasant surprise to many forest visitors is the number and quality of fishing streams. Species range from flathead and channel catfish in the lower elevations, to smallmouth bass in the middle reaches, and brown and rainbow trout Pack string in the Gila Wilderness above 6,000 feet. Hidden deep in the Gila and Aldo Leopold Wilderness areas are populations of the unique, golden-colored Gila trout currently listed as threatened. Fishing for Gila trout is regulated by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. The finest stream fishing awaits those who are willing to “pack in.” Major streams at least partially accessible by road include all forks of the Gila River, upper San Francisco River, Willow Creek, Gilita Creek, and Whitewater Creek. Trout can also be taken at the popular Quemado Lake, Lake Roberts, and Snow Lake. The forest’s river systems are also a refuge for such sensitive, threatened, and endangered species as the spikedace and loach minnow plus the Chihuahua, headwater, Gila, and roundtail chubs. Hunting and fishing are open to all citizens and regulated by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Gila National Forest includes more wilderness than any other national forest in the Southwest. This undeveloped natural country can refresh the human spirit simply by its grandeur, purity, and remoteness. Three such areas have been set aside; places individuals can visit and enjoy but not change. The 558,065-acre Gila Wilderness, established on June 3,1924 at the urging of the great conservation pioneer Aldo Leopold, was the Nation’s first designated wilderness. It’s now bordered on the east by the 202,016-acre Aldo Leopold Wilderness. The 29,304-acre Blue Range Wilderness adjoins Arizona’s rugged Blue Range Primitive Area. Together these areas comprise a vast, roadless realm astride the Black Range, and the Mogollon, Diablo, and Blue Mountains. In wilderness there are no roads; the only travel permitted is by foot, horseback, or canoe. New Mexico Forest Service Southwestern Region The Continental Divide meanders for 170 miles through this awesome canyon country, once the stronghold of Geronimo, prominent leader, warrior, and medicine man of the Chiricahua Apache, and his followers. Centuries ago, cliff-dwelling tribes lived here and remains of their homes are scattered throughout the forest. One outstanding example has been preserved for today’s visitors by the National Park Service at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. Forest mountain ranges include the Mogollon, Tularosa, Diablo, Brushy, Saliz, San Francisco, Gallo, Mangas, Pinos Altos, Big Burro, Mimbres, and Black Range. Elevations start at 4,500 feet in the Chihuahuan Desert and rise to almost 11,000 feet on the often snow-covered crest of Whitewater Baldy. Be Responsible McKnight Mountain Gwynn Tank Fire Safety Campfires are allowed in the forest except during times of extreme fire danger. Before you head into the forest, always check to see what fire restrictions the forest has in effect. During extremely dry conditions, fires are often limited to camping stoves or are prohibited. Points of Interest Cosmic IDSS - The Gila National Forest is home to the first designated International Dark Sky Sanctuary in North America and the first on National Forest System lands. It is located as part of the Cosmic Campground on the Glenwood Ranger District. Photo by David Thornburg Silver City RD 3005 East Camino del Bosque Silver City, NM 88061 (575) 388-8201 Wilderness RD HC 68 Box 50 Mimbres, NM 88049 (575) 536-2250 Mineral Creek T-Bar Grasslands Wildlife NEVER build a fire on an windy day! Setting Milky Way at Cosmic IDSS Water NEVER leave a campfire unattended! Keep a shovel and water close by. Motor Vehicle Use Maps Water is the lifeblood for all activities and is especially vital in the arid Southwest. Most of the water available for use in this region comes from the mountain lands which make up much of the national forests. The Forest Service is charged with protecting and improving the water producing capabilities of mountain watersheds. Rain and snow on the Gila bring 12 to 28 inches of water per year to this thirsty land. Timber, grass and shrubs use some of the moisture. Their roots stabilize the soil, thus allowing the remaining water to feed underground basins, creeks, springs, manmade water developments, as well as the Rio Grande and Gila, San Francisco, and Mimbres Rivers. ALWAYS put your campfire out completely. Mix and stir campgire coals with dirt and/or water. Please be careful where and when you smoke. It’s unsafe to smoke while riding a horse or trail biking. While in your vehicle, always use your ashtray. Remember, a “No Smoking” sign in the forest means just that, not even in an automobile. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. Senator Clinton P. Anderson Overlook More Americans than ever are using off-highway vehicles (OHVs) to enjoy the outdoors. However, if not managed carefully, motorized recreation can damage both the land and the resources that visitors have come to enjoy. In 2005, the Forest Service published a new rule for motor vehicle use on national forests and grasslands. This rule requires each national forest and grasslands designate those National Forest System (NFS) roads, NFS trails, and areas on NFS lands that are open to motor vehicle use on a motor vehicle use map (MVUM). All visitors should check with the nearest FS office to obtain a MVUM. Whitewater Canyon/Catwalk National Recreation Trail - Whitewater Canyon, site of the very popular Catwalk Recreation Trail and Whitewater Picnic Area, was a central point in the mining saga of southwestern New Mexico. The town of Graham, also called Whitewater, grew up around a mill built by John T. Graham in 1893. The town survived less than 10 years. All that remains to mark the spot are part of the mill walls clinging to the west side of the canyon near the entrance to the Catwalk. To view the current Gila Pocket Guide and Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) with your smart device, you may scan the QR codes below. Pocket Guide https://www.fs.usda.gov/ main/gila/maps-pubs MVUM https://www.fs.fed.us/r3/gis/ USFS_Southwestern_Region _MVUM_Repository.html

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