Millions of acres to explore Welcome to our remarkable
corner of the southwest,
home to an amazing
variety of animal, insect
and plant life, one of the
last undammed wild rivers
in the U.S. West and
ruggedly scenic portions of
the Continental Divide
Soak in natural hot springs Thermal hot springs near the Gila River have been used by early people here for thousands of years. Find your own quiet spot to soak! Read more!
Year-round birding Trail of the Mountain Spirits is a great
year-round destination for birding.
Nearly 340 bird species have been
sighted in the Gila National Forest!
photo: S. Rucker
Open roads, quiet spaces The Byway is ideal for auto and bicycle touring, with dramatic views of the Gila Wilderness, the first so designated
in the United States. Even before the Grand Canyon, the
Gila Cliff Dwellings were designated a National Monument.
Take a tour and explore inside the caves and natural "rooms"
of the archeological site.
The Byway, today and tomorrow Learn about the rich history of the land where the Byway runs, how the Byway came to be and how you can help us to
insure the Byway's future for coming generations to enjoy.
Funded in part by the Federal Highway Administration.
Open roads, beautiful places Trail of the Mountain Spirits Scenic Byway winds
through the southwest corner of New Mexico,
crossing six climatic zones and a broad swath of
the Old west territory made famous by the daring
exploits of Native Americans, Buffalo Soldiers,
frontier famillies and outlaws.How to get here!
Lodging and dining The Byway offers a range of motel, cabin, cottage
and camping options. Places to eat range from
casual to fancy restaurants, cafes and home
made ice cream offer a variety of menu choices.
See our Communities page for listings and
contact information.Find a great place!
Enjoy cool sunny skies
- tall pines! Our weather is always great! Sunny skies more than 330 days of the year. Warm days, cool nights.
In Silver City Click for 5 Day Forecast
Our dark, night skies offer fantastic
views of the stars!When was the last time you saw a
brilliant night sky or the milky way?We are shielded from light pollution by the mountains to the south and vast wilderness area to the north.