Description - The Quemado Ranger District is the northern most district on the Gila National Forest. It is actually a part of the Apache National Forest that is located in New Mexico and that is administered by the Gila NF. Elevations range from 6600 feet to 9700 feet in the 600,600 acres managed by the Quemado Ranger District. The area covered by the District includes grassland, piñon-juniper woodland, ponderosa pine, and mixed conifer with aspen and fir. There are also riparian areas with cottonwood, willow, and other riparian vegetation.
- Popular attractions include fishing, boating, hunting, camping, horse back riding, rock hounding, birding, hiking, recreational vehicle use, and wildlife viewing. Quemado Lake Recreation Area provides fishing, RV camping, and tent camping opportunities. Portions of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail are located on the east side of the District while the San Francisco Warm Springs grace the west end. NM State Highway 32 between Quemado and Apache Creek offers a scenic drive and changing colors in the fall.
Recreation - The District and surrounding area offers numerous outdoor recreation opportunities. Visitors take advantage of the abundant game population of deer, pronghorn, javelina, bear, mountain lion, wild turkeys, and world-class elk hunting. Quemado is about a three-hour drive from Albuquerque, which offers a variety of shopping, recreational, and cultural opportunities.
Climate - The climate is mild and dry with warm days and cool nights in the summer. Rainfall averages 11 inches. Monsoon showers usually occur in July and August but do not last long. There are usually over 300 sunny days a year with four seasons tempered by the high altitude. The average maximum temperature in July is 85°F, while the average minimum temperature in January is 13°F.
Quemado is located in northern Catron County, 33 miles east of the Arizona border on US 60. 0.1 miles north of the intersection of US Highway 60 and NM State Highway 36.