Great Gila Loop

New Mexico USA: (RTNM06)

New Mexico USA
Experience a transforming adventure on horseback in one of the largest wilderness areas in the world: The Gila Wilderness.

This 6-day pack trip into the heart of the Gila wilderness will have you immersed in beautiful nature. We will take you into the remote and wild countryside. Each day provides a new natural world experience including gentle running creeks, deep inspiring canyons, Indian Cliff Dwellings, and awesome hoodoos.
This adventure has you changing camp twice, allowing participants to discover various remote places from the Middle Fork Canyon to higher alpine country, visiting along the way an Indian Cliff Dwelling Site and enjoying panoramic views of the Gila.

If you have an explorer’s spirit and you are looking for your next adventure, look no further than the Great Gila Loop Ride!


This is a pack trip, so most nights are spent camping.

The first night is spent at a hotel nearby (not included). The next five night are spent camping in 2 different camps.


Our luxury base camp has everything set up and ready for you to relax after a day of riding. Our base camp includes tents, cots, and private toilet facilities. Toilet facilities are solid toilet over a pit. Hot solar showers at the end of each day's ride are available in the shower tent.

Some overnights are spent in a "spike camp" (not permanent) and therefore has less comforts.

Please bring your own solar charger should you wish to charge batteries.
It is best to bring your own sleeping mats and sleeping bags, but some are available to borrow at no additional charge- please request at time of booking.

Tent Occupancy
Single riders will have a single tent at no added fee.
Triple occupancy is possible in a large tent.

All meals from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 6 are included.

All the creature comforts in the world — a deluxe kitchen with delicious all-you-can-eat Chuck Wagon Style Dutch oven cooking. Plentiful and delicious, our meals are home cooked and will leave you asking for seconds!

Wine is included with dinner, but you are also welcome to bring your own for the trip.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to most dietary restrictions with prior notice.

This trip includes some wine with dinner and can accommodate special dietary requests.


These rides require guests to be in good health and in good shape. Participants must have an explorer’s spirit. The rides take place in mountain terrain at around 8000-9000 feet. 

Gentle, experienced and sure-footed, our riding horses are members of our family. We have horses to match every type of rider, from beginners and children to advanced adventure-seeking riders. We have Quarter horses, Mustangs and Appaloosas.


Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 0 (Saturday): Pre-trip night
(Option 1) Drive to Glenwood and check into a local B&B or hotel (not included). Dinner and breakfast is not included.
(Option 2) Drive to Glenwood and go to our ranch (complimentary if room is available). Dinner is not included.

Day 1 (Sunday): Ride to basecamp
We pack our gear into vehicles; have breakfast along the way, driving to the trailhead. Then, we saddle up, pack the mules and ride into camp. We ride along Canyon Creek and enjoy great sceneries. The camp is located in a hidden, spring-fed canyon, the birthplace of Geronimo. Our comfortable camp features wall tents, cots, and everything to make your stay comfortable and warm. Elk and deer are abundant and thriving in the Gila, offering many excellent opportunities to see elk graze right along with our horses in camp, and along our riding journey.
In the evening, we have a delicious Dutch Oven Meal.
Riding approx. 6 miles.
Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping at basecamp #1

Day 2 (Monday): Middle Fork Ride
Today, we ride the magnificent Middle Fork of the Gila River. There is no better wilderness experience in the world, than a horseback ride along the Middle Fork. Many water crossings with towering and splendid canyon walls await us. Awe-inspiring at every turn, canyon walls tower over us, with splendid hoodoo columns rising up along every stretch. Continuous water flow offers a cool dip along the way.
Riding approx. 12 miles.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping at basecamp #1

Day 3 (Tuesday): Indian Cliff Dwelling Ride
We ride upstream from our base camp to an Indian Cliff Dwelling. These Dwellings are in a canyon few people visit. Make a short climb to the Dwelling site and inspect the many Dwellings left behind some 1000 years ago. After our visit, we ride back to camp.
Riding approx. 8 miles.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping at basecamp

Day 4 (Wednesday): Ride to second basecamp
It is time to move to our second camp. To get there, we climb out of the Middle Fork and enjoy stunning views down the canyon. Then, we ride into higher alpine country, crossing meadows and ponderosa forests. At times, we have a viewpoint offering a good look of the Gila.
Riding approx. 14 miles.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping at basecamp

Day 5 (Thursday): Lilley Mountain Loop Ride
We make a big loop around Lilley Mountain, stopping at springs and meadows along the way.
After a good climb, we have a panoramic view of the Gila wilderness. This ride is one of the highlights of this trip.
Riding approx. 12 miles.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping at basecamp

Day 6 (Friday): Departure
We make our way back to the trailhead by taking a different trail. We make it back to the trailhead around 3 pm and then drive 50miles back to Reserve, NM.
Riding approx. 9 miles.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

Rates and Dates for Great Gila Loop

Rates include:

Tent accommodations, All meals (from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 6) , 6 riding days & Transfers
Guides can speak: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Catalan!
Sleeping bags and ground mat are not included but can be supplied if necessary on request at no charge.

Packages and Options

  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    20226 day trip, 6 riding days$1570

Tax 1: 8.69 % * prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy
Tax: 8.69 %  

Transfer and Other Charges:

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Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2022 05/22 - 05/27 6d / 5n 6 day trip, 6 riding days 2 /15 Reserve
A 2022 06/19 - 06/24 6d / 5n 6 day trip, 6 riding days 2 /15 Reserve
A 2022 07/24 - 07/29 6d / 5n 6 day trip, 6 riding days 2 /15 Reserve
A 2022 08/21 - 08/26 6d / 5n 6 day trip, 6 riding days 2 /15 Reserve
A 2022 09/25 - 09/30 6d / 5n 6 day trip, 6 riding days 2 /15 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Accommodations and meals on Day 0, breakfast on Day 1, Taxes & Gratuities


Due to COVID-19 Corona virus pandemic and certain travel restrictions we are applying some temporary policy changes to some of our tours.

For Great Gila Loop (RTNM06):
We are happy to offer all our clients that are affected by the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, the option to rebook for a later date.

As far as Covid requirements, masks are recommended not required. Pack trips offer social distancing measures that are natural and effective. The only circumstances where riders are in close quarters are when lining up for food, which we require just one rider at a time to fill their plate.
Otherwise, on these wilderness pack trips, riders are more than distance from other riders. Tents are far apart. 

For more information please visit our COVID-19 Updates page at

Other Info
Meeting: Glenwood
Airport: Silver City
Transfer: Silver City

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Uniquely located to ensure year-round comfortable riding conditions, the Gila Wilderness has the benefit of high-elevation cooling during the summer and southerly warmth during the winter. No matter what time of year - spring, summer, fall or winter - we have the perfect trail for any time of year.

The park has a mild climate, with a rainy season usually from July through August. Temperatures during the day are warm but frost may occur during the night in canyons above 8000 ft. From July to September, thunderstorms are widespread and occur almost daily. Daytime temperatures tend to be relatively mild or warm and nighttime temperatures tend to be relatively cool or cold throughout the year. Average temperatures in the higher elevation, particularly the Mogollon Range, can be cooler, depending on the season.

Spring and Fall have moderate days and cool nights. The most beautiful times of the year in the Gila are spring and late summer. In spring, snowmelt provides enough moisture to initiate new vegetative growth. In late summer, it is warm and the vegetation is still green following the end of summer rainfall season.

Winter months often have nice afternoons with cold mornings and nights. Daytime temperatures can get cold during winter but, in direct sunlight, temperatures may rise to 70 F (21 C). However, temperatures during the night drop significantly. Snow occurs most frequently between December and February. During most winters the lower elevations tend to be free of snow most of the time and when it does snow the melt-off usually occurs within a few days. Normally there is some snow accumulation in the higher elevations and during severe winters, the snow may range up to 10 feet or more in the Mogollon Range. Melt-off usually occurs during late March and April, but snow and ice may hinder travel on upper elevation trails as late as June.

What To Bring:
Maximum Duffel Weight Including Sleeping Bag - 35 lbs. Fast access items can be stored in saddle bags. Please pack light!

- Duffel bag - multi-small, soft duffel preferred
- Sleeping bag (best to bring your own but available to borrow- please request at time of booking)
- Sleeping bag liner or blanket
- Ground pad (best to bring your own but available to borrow- please request at time of booking)
- Rain gear or slicker
- Jeans/long sleeve shirt
- Comfortable camp shoes
- Gloves
- Hat with a brim
- Flashlight
- Jacket
- Sweater
- Sunglasses
- Personal medical items
- Personal first aid kit
- Wash kit
- Chapstick, sunblock
- Camera and film
- Solar charger