Gila Wilderness Horseback Pack Trip
Take a step back in time on a horseback pack trip into the magnificent Gila Wilderness.
Raw, natural mountain beauty, Ancient Indian Dwellings, late 1800’s settler history in a Gila Wilderness pack trip reconnects you with the natural world. This experience renews and refreshes, which has a lasting, life-long impact.
The Gila Wilderness
The world’s first wilderness pack trip destination, created in 1924, is only accessible by foot or horseback. You can ride for weeks without seeing another person or any man-made structures. It’s the ultimate in beauty, magnificence and solitude.
Ancient Indian Cliff Dwellings
Explore fully preserved Indian Cliff Dwellings, dating back over 1000 years. These Dwellings are in a canyon few people visit. Some Dwellings less preserved. A remarkable, life-long memorable experience.
Middle Fork Canyon Riding
There is no better wilderness experience in the world, than a horseback ride along the Middle Fork. Awe-inspiring at every turn, canyon walls tower over us, with splendid hoodoo columns rising up along every stretch. Continuous water flow offers a cool dip along the way - no better ride in America.
Settler Cabin Adventure
We take a remarkable journey to a late 1800 settler cabin, Prior Cabin, nested in a gentle meadow. The horses graze while we eat a healthy lunch. A most splendid experience, wondering about life in the Gila over 1000 years ago.
Elk and deer are abundant and thriving in the Gila, offering many excellent opportunities to see elk graze right along with our horses in camp, and along our riding journey.
Fishing the Native Gila Trout
Fish the most beautiful, and most difficult-to-find trout in American, the Native Gila Trout. Deep pools in the most scenic setting makes this fishing adventure the very best.
Camping in the Wilderness
Our remote and beautiful base camp is located on the same canyon as the birthplace of Geronimo. Our comfortable camp features wall tents, cots, and everything to make your stay comfortable and warm.
Tasty Dutch Oven Cooking
What's the best way to top off an inspiring day of horseback riding? A warm, delicious Dutch Oven Meal.
Gila Wilderness Itinerary
Gila Wilderness - Southwest New Mexico
The Great Gila Wilderness Loop
Travel to Glenwood or Reserve NM, check into local motel. Motel, dinner and breakfast not included. Meet at U-Trail ranch early next morning. Complimentary accommodations at U-Trail ranch (holds 4) available up on request. Each day’s ride is approx. 5-6 hours.
Travel to trailhead and saddle up. Fitting horse and packing mules we head to our base camp in the Gila Wilderness. Comfortable camp with roomy tents and cots. Splendid home cooked meals. Excellent chances of seeing elk and deer along the way and in camp.
Ride the magnificent Middle Fork of the Gila River. Lots of water crossings with towering and splendid canyon walls is one of the best experiences in the natural world.
We ride down stream on the Middle Fork, them make a gentle climb out of the canyon to a rest stop for sweeping views of the canyon below. We continue on thru changing landscapes to an historic late 1800 hundreds cabin, where we enjoy lunch. Ride back to base camp.
Ride up stream from our base camp to an Indian Cliff Dwelling. Make a short climb to the Dwelling site and inspect the many Dwellings left behind some 1000 years ago. A very complying experience. Ride back to camp.
Pack our gear and ride back across vast scenery to our trailhead.