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Abundant recreation opportunities on the Gila National Forest

Abundant recreation opportunities on the Gila National Forest
US Forest Service
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 2:44pm

Spring is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy recreation opportunities across the Gila National Forest. On the Reserve Ranger District, outdoor enthusiasts can explore many activities including hiking, horseback riding, camping, fishing and bird watching.

The following campgrounds are open on the district: Aeroplane Mesa, Apache Creek, Dipping Vat, Local Mountain and Snow Lake.
Closed campgrounds are: South Fork of Negrito Creek Campgrounds, Ben Lily and Willow Creek. There is camping at the corrals at Willow Creek.

The Reserve Ranger District adds that State Highway 159 (the road at Willow Creek Mesa) is impassable to Mogollon, due to heavy rainfall last year. The primary access to the Reserve Ranger District is Forest Road 141, Forest Road 94, County Road B054 Y Canyon, and Forest Road 30 from Beaverhead.

Please be good stewards of the land and leave your camping area clean for the next Gila National Forest visitor. Check the forecast before traveling to the forest and be prepared for sudden changes in the weather.

It is everyone’s responsibility to practice fire safety at all times. The fire danger level is “Very High,” across the forest. This means fires start very easily, spread rapidly and intensify quickly. Be extremely cautious.

Check the forest website for more detailed information on recreation: or call the Reserve Ranger District, call 575-533-6232.

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