Grant County, a land of contrast and diversity, is a splendid place for hiking in all seasons. You don’t have to go far to find a trail to set your feet upon and enjoy one of our great recreational pastimes. A few minutes walk from the road and you’ll be surrounded with solitude and the whisper of pines and aspens. Pool-filled canyons lead you through shady forests and sunny meadows.
Mountain peaks will beckon you. There are trails that follow the very crest of the Black Range and the Mogollon Mountains and offer spectacular, boundless vistas. Far below, hidden canyons of cliffs and spires where eagles and ravens soar, wind their serpentine way to the far distant plains.
If you have a passion to hike the backbone of the continent, the Continental Divide Trail runs right through Grant County. Many sections of trail are new and offer outstanding day hikes.
Come hiking in Grant County. You’ll marvel at this unique country. Shear volcanic cliffs tower above river corridors. Pinnacles of rock rise from the mountainsides like dragons teeth. Hidden springs provide a focal point for wildlife and the activities of ancient peoples and frontier miners. Grasslands and pinon/juniper woodlands skirt the mountains. Pine and aspen forests grace the peaks. Blue mountains blend into blue skies on the horizon.
You won’t find trailhead parking lots crammed with cars. You will find great beauty, solitude, and wonderful trails. A large portion of the Gila National Forest is in Grant County and has an extensive system of maintained trails. The forest includes the 558,065-acre Gila Wilderness, and the 202,016-acre Aldo Leopold Wilderness.
Gila National Forest maps, wilderness maps and trail information are available at the Gila National Forest office, 3005 E. Camino Del Bosque, Silver City, NM 88061, and at the District Ranger Stations.