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More than three million acres of beautiful rugged landscape, and more...

More than three million acres of beautiful rugged landscape, and more wilderness than in any other national forest in the Southwest.

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Beautiful forest and scenery

Breathtaking views...touched by Mother Nature. Climbs up to about 6,200 feet. As you drive, you will continue to climb. From desert to a forest of Ponderosa Pines. You will... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 31, 2016
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Little Suamico, Wisconsin
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Little Suamico, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016 via mobile

Breathtaking views...touched by Mother Nature. Climbs up to about 6,200 feet. As you drive, you will continue to climb. From desert to a forest of Ponderosa Pines. You will cross the Continental Divide. There's a lot of curves and our average speed was 20-30mph. As you crest at the top, the view is breathtaking. Pullover at the viewing area and... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

We were visiting Silver City and drove the Trail of the Mountain Spirits scenic byway through Gila National Forest. It's a loop drive about 75 miles long, using US160, NM152, NM35 and NM15. We left Silver City headed east on US160. At Santa Clara, we turned north on Fort Bayard Road to visit Fort Bayard National Historic Landmark*. It's only... More 

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Augusta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

We came in to camp near Quemado Lake. and got lost exploring. Absolutely stunning. the 6 hours we spent finding our way back out was not regretted!

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Pahrump, Nevada, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2016 via mobile

This is a beautiful drive to the Gila Cliff dwellings. The road thru the forest has many, many twists and turns. Take time to enjoy the forest and the Gila River. Be careful not to ride the brakes or they will overheat!

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Westford, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2016 via mobile

Drive was beautiful but our rental's brakes started smoking. Had to learn how to down shift. About 30 miles of winding up and down roads with stunning scenery. Saw a roadrunner and some weird lizards. The hike to dwellings is completely worth it

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Alvin, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2016

We have been here twice. The first time was to visit the Cliff Dwellings, but it was so pretty that this summer we spent a week backpacking there. Since you follow the river, you have ample access to water (be sure to filter it for safety). We found an old hunter's cabin made of stone which made the girls feel... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

Trail of the Mountain Spirits is so wonderful that I have been back three times specifically to show family and friends that. There is an overwhelming amount of stuff to see...you couldn't do it all in a lifetime. :)

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Silver City, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2015

The Gila National Forest is over 3 million acres. Buy gas before you get into this area: there are gas stations in small towns around the perimeter of the Forest but they are spread out. Make sure you take extra water in case you break down. We drove through several sections of the Forest with our first goal to get... More 

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Ruidoso, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2014

AMJ92 needs their head checked. The Gila is amazing. I just made my first trip there and am already planning my next. We stayed at Snow Lake which was an amazing experience. I was wanting to not stay at a campground with amenities, but that's what it ended up being. It was worth it though. Right outside our tent was... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

There's nothing really that special about this place. Yes, it's remote and peaceful. Yes, it feels like you've stepped back in time and yes, the drive is nice. But there's so much better out there that this place just didn't impress me much. A few hours away are places in Texas that put this to shame in all the above... More 

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