Gila Wilderness Trail

days 5 days nights 4 nights
Weight limit
102 kg / 225 lb

Experience the natural beauty of the Gila Wilderness on a horseback pack trip, where you can journey back in time and explore ancient Indian dwellings and learn about the late 1800s settler history. This trip will reconnect you with the natural world and leave a lasting impact, renewing and refreshing your spirit.

The Gila Wilderness is the initial backcountry pack trip location in the world, established in 1924, can only be reached on foot or horseback. You can journey for weeks without encountering another individual or any human-built edifices. It represents the pinnacle of natural beauty, grandeur and seclusion.

US$ 1 446
per tourist for 5 days
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Number of tourists
up to 10 tourists over 6 years old
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Photo James M.
James M. is the provider of this trip
The provider speaks: English, German
My expertise in horsemanship training and leading wilderness pack adventures enables me to share the knowledge I've acquired from spending the majority of my life on horseback in remote, wild conditions. Navigating challenging terrain influences the structure of my workshops to ensure a safe, stable and sustainable experience for both horses and riders. Discover the advantages of a strong bond between horse and rider through practical, real-life lessons that can enhance your overall well-being.

Tour highlights

Canyon Riding
There is no better wilderness experience anywhere, than a horseback ride along the Middle Fork
Explore Ancient Indian Cliff Dwellings
Dating back over 1000 years
Camping in the Wilderness
A comfortable camp offers wall tents, cots - everything to make your stay comfortable and warm

Route details

Day 1
To the Campsite

We go to the starting point of the trail and prepare the horses and pack mules. Then, we make our way to our cozy campsite in the Gila Wilderness, complete with spacious tents and comfortable cots, where we'll enjoy delicious home-cooked meals from a Dutch oven. There are great opportunities to spot elk and deer both on the trail and at our campsite.

Meals included: lunch and dinner

Day 2
Middle Fork Canyon
Day 3
Settler Cabin Adventure
Day 4
Ancient Indian Cliff Dwellings
Day 5
Going Back
Tour provider's comments

Horseback riding in mountain terrain, river crossings, some switchbacks, narrow canyons. 

Tack: Western.
Horses: Quarter horses, Mustangs and Appaloosas.
Pace: Slow.

4-6 hours in the saddle per riding day.

You should be in good health and in good shape as the ride take place in mountain terrain. 



4 nights
4 nights
Tent Camping

Large tents with cots. Comfortable tent camping, cots, kitchen, toilets, showers, and chairs around a campfire. Always staying warm and dry. 

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place

New Mexico, Catron County, Glenwood

Tour conditions


  • accommodation;
  • meals;
  • riding;
  • taxes;
  • transfers from/to Glenwood;
  • guide.


  • sleeping bags and some camping gear (check the packing list);
  • flights;
  • Glenwood or Reserve NM motel accommodation Day 0;
  • dinner Day 0;
  • breakfast Day 1;
  • tips and personal expenses.

Group size

up to 10 tourists


5 days
4 nights

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

Maximum Duffel Weight Including Sleeping Bag - 35 lbs.
Fast access items can be stored in saddle bags. Please pack light!

• duffel bag - multi-small, soft duffel preferred;
• sleeping bag;
• sleeping bag liner or blanket;
• ground pad;
• rain gear or slicker;
• jeans/long sleeve shirt;
• comfortable camp shoes;
• gloves;
• hat with a brim;
• flashlight;
• jacket;
• sweater;
• sunglasses;
• personal medical items;
• personal first aid kit;
• wash kit;
• chapstick, sunblock;
• camera and film;

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Dates and Prices

  • US$ 1 446
    12 – 16 May 5 days 4 nights
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    19 – 23 May 5 days 4 nights
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    2 – 6 Jun 5 days 4 nights
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    9 – 13 Jun 5 days 4 nights
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    14 – 18 Jul 5 days 4 nights
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    21 – 25 Jul 5 days 4 nights
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    4 – 8 Aug 5 days 4 nights
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    18 – 22 Aug 5 days 4 nights
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    25 – 29 Aug 5 days 4 nights
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    8 – 12 Sep 5 days 4 nights
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    15 – 19 Sep 5 days 4 nights
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    29 Sep – 3 Oct 5 days 4 nights

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