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Description - The Reserve Ranger District is one of the largest Districts in the northern portion of the Gila National Forest. Grass plains, chaparral, woodland, pine and mixed conifer habitats are found within the 573,537 acres that make up the District. Elevations are moderate to high and range from 5300 feet to 9786 feet. There are four developed campgrounds located on the District. The District boasts 155 miles of trail including 55 miles on the Continental Divide. The Districts southern border is the Gila Wilderness, providing several back-country hiking opportunities. A large portion of the District is relatively untouched, providing the abundance of big game, small game, and fishing, making the area a "hunter's paradise", known worldwide.

Attractions - Four developed campgrounds occur in the District. In addition, the District has over 155 miles of trails of which approximately 55 miles are located along the Continental Divide. Approximately 2,789 miles of roads occur throughout the area, many of which are primitive (dirt) roads. A large part of the District remains roadless and relatively undisturbed. As a result, an abundance of elk, deer, bear, antelope, small game, birds and fish may be found in the area.

Recreation - The Gila National Forest and the Reserve Ranger District are renowned for their world class elk hunting areas with good fishing in the nearby streams and lakes The Reserve area offers many opportunities for camping, fishing and hiking, the gateway to the Gila Wilderness in south of Reserve.

Climate - 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 inches.

Location - The Reserve Ranger District is located in the northern potion of The Gila National Forest. The Ranger District Office is on Highway 12, one mile west of Reserve.

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Contact Information:
Reserve Ranger District, P.O. Box 170 , Reserve, NM, 87830, Phone: 575-533-6232, Fax: 575-533-6605

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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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