5 Reasons to Ride the Gila National Forest for Your Summer Vacation

Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch rests amid the over 3.3 million acre Gila National Forest, making there lots of room to ride on your summer vacation. The common perception of New Mexico in the summer is that it is a hot desert, but Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch is located beneath the tall Ponderosa pines in the cool higher elevations of the Black Range Mountains of southwest New Mexico.

This location in the forest and mountains, brings warm spring waters flowing through canyons thorugh which guests ride. Guest ranch wranglers make sure that every picnic ride takes you to a place where you can take a dip and cool off. With very low humidity, daytime high temperatures remain comfortable. So why venture into the Gila National Forest on your summer riding vacation? 

no crowds in the gila national forest while horse riding

On top of the world in New Mexico.

#1 No Crowds
Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch is a small, family run guest ranch located within millions of acres of public land and with only four cabins and maximum capacity of 16, you can escape from it all at this dude ranch.

#2 Gila National Forest Summer Wildflowers
One of guests favorites is the prickly poppy. Fields of these beautiful white flowers are blooming in full force in June and July. They make for a picture perfect photo opportunity. Wildflowers of all shapes, sizes, and colors flourish during a Gila National Forest summer.

gila national forest wildflowers

Riding through a beautiful field of Rocky Mountain Bee Plant!

#3 Riding through Incredible Canyons
Taylor Creek and Beaver Creek meet to join the East Fork of the Gila River and all three waterways twist and wind their way through canyons. A must see spot for all guests is The Narrows. It is a narrow canyon where the horses can splash through and cool down while you gaze at the rock walls around you. 

Gila National Forest Horseback Riding canyons springs

The warm spring waters are always flowing in the Gila.

#4 Gila National Forest Summer Swims
No Gila National Forest summer would be complete without swimming in warm spring fed creeks. Every picnic ride includes a stop by a creek or river. Because warm springs feed this area, the water is always a constant temperature around 72 degrees. Perfect for cooling down! Whether you want to dip your toes or immerse yourself, the crystal clear warm spring waters of the Gila National Forest welcome you.

#5 Clear Starlit Nights for Optimal Stargazing
The Gila National Forest is over 3 million acres. Wilderness surrounds you and the night skies are truly a sight to behold. The complete lack of light pollution as well as very low humidity allows you to glimpse billions of stars. Not only that, you can also often spot the Milky Way and planets as well. Full moon nights are gorgeous as well, with nothing but the bright white moon as your flashlight. 

Learn about Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch on their website, Top20Ranches and in the Equitrekking Vacation Guide