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One of the most spectacular and remote regions in the Southwest, the Gila Wilderness and Gila National Forest region will reveal a southwestern color palette, one of New Mexico's pristine treasures
Untouched the past years wildfires, the beauty and magnificience of ancient sycamore and cottonwood trees along miles of Bear Creek is breathtaking! Climb high and feel clean, crisp air carrying millions of migratory birds on their journey south. Discover ancient
Native American home sites,
flora, and wildlife in the Gila Wilderness Region. Step
back in Time ... take a journey your heart and mind will not soon
Join us for a customized eco-tour, a gently
guided horseback wildlife vacation adventure, a trip into untouched
wilderness areas to explore the plants, animals and geological wonders
of the amazing Gila National Forest and Gila Wilderness which adjoins Double E Ranch and its northern border of southwest New Mexico. The best way to experience the region of the Gila
National Forest and Gila Wilderness of southwestern New Mexico,
USA is on the back of a horse.
Gila Wilderness Expeditions offer an opportunity for you to combine your love of nature with your passion for horses! On this
horseback wilderness adventure your trails are made -- not followed. It's all about the journey -- not the destination.
From the comfort of your cozy cabin at the Double E Ranch, tucked away in the corner
of southwestern New Mexico, you will be presented with an
exclusive opportunity to experience a virtual ecological
paradise for those seeking absolute solitude and escape from
modern society's busy, stress-filled lifestyle.
Imagine yourself standing on top of a high, looking at a remote peak in
the Pinos Altos Mountain Range, spectacular New Mexico vistas
surrounding you, able to see all the way into Arizona and beyond. You can feel
Nature in all her complete and complex perfection! Intensely
blue skies, crisp clean air, the only sound might be the whisper of an
eagle's wings, the wind gently caressing the trees
or silence. As late as 1924, trails were
practically non-existent in this area and the bear still
ruled. Not much has changed in this incredible
Refresh and revitalize your spirit simply by feeling its
grandeur, purity and remoteness. No one knows exactly when the
first human settlers came to the Gila Region. However, the
presence of man and machine has been extremely limited, even
through today. By using Double E Guest
Ranch as your staging site, you can begin a unique journey back
through thousands of years, experiencing wild lands on
the back of a gentle, safe horse.
Consisting of several
relaxing loop journeys, travel back in time through 30 million years on land
that eventually became one of the early pioneer ranches established near
the end of the Apache Wars in 1886. You will have an exclusive
opportunity to explore areas accessible by invitation only, isolated and remote. This area is now known as the Double E Ranch.You will begin your journey each morning from Ranch Headquarters
and return each evening to the comfort of your cozy, rustic cabin and a hearty
home cooked meal.
While it's not
possible for us to accommodate special Vegetarian Diets,
pasta, eggs, chicken, rice and bean dishes are always on the menu, regularly. We won't let
anyone go hungry! However, please be responsible about your dietary needs.
Be sure you let Ranch Staff know of any dietary concerns or
allergies on your arrival in order to avoid
miscommunication and problems. Thanks!
and Climate: Four gentle seasons best
describe the climatic conditions in the Gila National Forest,
Gila Wilderness and Double E Ranch areas. The
latitude, as well as the 5,000 - 7,000 foot elevation
permits maximum enjoyment of the region during any
season. Whether winter or summer, daytime temperatures are
generally pleasant for hiking or horseback riding, and range
from the high 90's in the warmest summer months to mid-40's in winter.
The area enjoys an average of 345 days of glorious
sunshine and clear blue skies annually. For additional
information on the area, check out the Silver City Website.
All participants should be in good physical condition and
capable of being on horseback or hiking for a minimum of 3-5
combination of hiking and horseback riding is encouraged.