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Description - The Silver City Ranger District is the southern most district on the Gila National Forest. It comprises three areas, the Burro Mountain region, the area surrounding Silver City, and the portion just west from Emory Pass of the Black Range. These areas combine to form 402,972 acres of National Forest lands that support a diversity of uses including scientific research, mining, domestic livestock grazing, timber harvest, and a variety of recreation activities. Part of the District travels through the Trail of the Mountain Spirits Scenic Byway. Cherry Creek and McMillan Campgrounds are located along this byway on State Highway 15. The fall colors should peak September/October and it is well worth taking a trip to see the beautiful array of color.

Attractions - There are a multitude of recreation opportunities in this district. The Silver City Ranger District has a number of developed campgrounds and numerous undeveloped campgrounds and picnic areas. There are many trails which vary drastically in length and difficulty and accommodate hikers, backpackers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. Several recreation sites make the Silver City Ranger District unique, Little Walnut, Burro Mountains, Fort Bayard and the Gila River Bird Area.

Recreation - Recreation facilities include baseball and soccer fields, all weather track, tennis courts, health and fitness clubs, an indoor and outdoor swimming pools, an 18-hole golf course, a bowling center and parks. Organized youth and adult sports activities are numerous. Trout fishing, hunting, hiking, horseback riding, bicycling and camping activities abound. Other area recreation facilities and attractions are: Western New Mexico University (WNMU) Museum, City of Rocks State Park and Historic Pinos Altos. Special annual events include the Wild Wild West Pro Rodeo, Tour of the Gila Bicycle Race, Annual Blues Festival, Christmas Lighted Parade, 4th of July Celebration, Weekend at the Galleries, Farmer’s Market, Grant County Fair, among others and several theatrical and musical presentations at the University Theatre.

Climate - Silver City boasts four gentle seasons. The average annual temperature is 54 degrees. May is the driest month of the year while July is the wettest. The annual average precipitation is 15.69 inches.

Location - The Silver City Ranger District Office is located at 3005 E. Camino del Bosque, quarter of a mile north of the intersection of US 180 and 32nd St Bypass in Silver City.

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Gila National Forest - The vast 3.3 million acre Gila National Forest, tucked away in the mountains of southwestern New Mexico, is a paradise for those seeking solitude and escape from modern society's busy lifestyle.


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