New Mexico’s Best Kept Secret: The Gila National Forest

Want to know New Mexico’s Best Kept Secret? It’s the Gila National Forest. The Gila is truly a hidden gem in Southwestern New Mexico. It is 3.3 million acres and is best known for its wilderness areas (the Gila, Aldo Leopold, and Blue Range Wildernesses). In fact, the Gila Wilderness was established in 1924 as the first wilderness in the United States. Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch is located in the heart of the Gila. We offer horseback riding in New Mexico. If you are looking for New Mexico horse adventures, a dude ranch vacation with Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch is the way to go. 

New Mexico’s Best Kept Secret

First, the magnificent mountain scenery! The Mogollon Mountain range runs through the Gila. It’s highest peaks are close to 11,000 feet! Gaze upon Mogollon Baldy and Whitewater Baldy from atop your horse as we take you to riding up beautiful mountain overlooks.

New Mexico's Best Kept Secret

Water! New Mexico is more than just desert. The Gila is home to the San Francisco, Gila, and Mimbres Rivers. We ride by many warm-spring fed creeks that feed into the East Fork of the Gila River. In several places, there are even some swimming holes deep enough to jump in and cool off on a warm summer day.

Dark skies! Some of the darkest nights in the United States can be found in the Gila National Forest. This is the natural night sky as it was intended to be. There is very little light pollution to obstruct your view of stars and planets. If you’ve always wanted to see the Milky Way, this is your chance!

History abounds! From the Mogollon and Apache Indians to miners and ranchers, there is thousands of years of history in the Gila. Come learn about our namesake Geronimo. View cliff dwellings and pictographs from 1,000 years ago. Gaze upon the remains of one of the only tin mining operations in the United States. Look for obsidian or pottery sherds on the ground. There is so much to learn! Not only do we tell you the history, we also show you and let you be part of it.

New Mexico's Best Kept Secret

Remote location!  The Gila is primitive. We are 85 miles from the nearest stoplight. Our ranch operates off the grid. We generate our own electricity and pump our water right from the ground. If you are looking for a Digital Detox, the Gila National Forest is the place for you. 

Flora and fauna! Elk, mule deer, javelina, black bear, coyote…these are just some of the animals you can observe on a trail ride. The plant life is just as diverse with cottonwoods, ponderosa pine, and multitudes of wildflowers. 

New Mexico's Best Kept Secret

Finally, the gorgeous weather! We are located at 6,800 feet in the Gila. This means temperature swings of up to 30-50 degrees in one day! Warm, sunny days and cool crisp nights are typical most days of the year.

New Mexico’s Best Kept Secret

Do you want to learn more about New Mexico’s Best Kept Secret? Contact us today to learn about horse riding in New Mexico.