National Forest and Gila Wilderness of southwestern New Mexico,
USA - is one of the most spectacular and remote regions in the Southwest. Revel in this southwestern color palette at one of New Mexico's pristine treasures and experience the beauty and magnificience of ancient sycamore and cottonwood trees along miles of Bear Creek.
Climb high and feel clean, crisp air carrying millions of migratory birds on their journey south. Discover ancient
Native American Indian culture,
flora, and wildlife in the Gila Wilderness Region.
back in Time...take a journey your heart and mind will not soon
Join us for a customized eco-tour, a gently
guided horseback nature vacation adventure, a trip into pristine
wilderness to explore the plants, animals and geological wonders
of the amazing Gila National Forest and Gila Wilderness region of southwest New Mexico.
Gila Nature Horseback Riding offers an opportunity for you to combine your love of nature with your passion for horses! On this
adventure vacation, your trails are made -- not followed!
From the comfort of your rustic cabin accommodations 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, remote peak in
the Pinos Altos Mountain Range, spectacular New Mexico vistas
surrounding you, all the way into Arizona. You can feel
Nature in all her complete perfection! Intensely
blue skies, crisp clean air and the only sound is an
eagle's wings, the wind gently caressing the trees
and 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
wilderness setting! The Gila and Double E Ranch are home to some of ths most unusual cactus and succulents the Southwest has to offer!
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.
Led by Double E Ranch Staff member, Mark Rinsler,
or another qualified Double E Ranch Staff member, you'll
travel by horseback from Ranch Headquarters to explore the majestic beauty of the Gila Region: creeks, canyons, meadows and mesas, wildlife and plants.
An avid horseman, Mark is also extremely knowledgeable about the history, flora and wildlife in the area. When he is not in the saddle exploring
new horse trails, he is out hiking
through the canyons and valleys of the Gila Region in his quest to find hidden Native American sites. There are several interesting sites easily reached along your journey. With a degree
in cultural anthropology and a Masters in Journalism, Mark is
relentless in his desire to learn about the history of the Old
West and share it with you, the world of nature in the Southwest and Native American
Culture in the Gila Wilderness region.
will reveal some of the most
stunning wilderness vistas imaginable! Uncover and
explore the history of ancient
Native American village
sites located along Bear Creek. Your horse will be steady and sure-footed,
willing to carry you there and beyond. Gila Wilderness
Expeditions uses horses which are
seasoned and safe in the mountains and rocky, rugged terrain of
southwestern New Mexico and the Gila National Forest Region.
several diverse ecological zones, the wildlife and vegetation are
of the isolation and the lack of human presence, including roads
and motorized vehicles, the terrain traversed during the Gila Nature
Expedition truly is a wilderness. As a result, almost all of the
animals of the Upland Desert and Southern Rocky Mountains can be
found here and can be seen most
any time. Included are Javelina,
Mule Deer, Black Bear, Bobcat, Mountain Lion, Bighorn Sheep, and
Coyote. Close-up sightings of the elusive and rare Coati
are not uncommon.
of the importance of this natural resource and in our own
efforts to preserve the pristine beauty of this land, Gila
Wilderness Nature Rides specialize in "leave no trace"
exploration and insist all adventurers
responsibly bring out what they pack in.
For those desiring to surround
themselves with the beauty of this rugged landscape, the Gila
Wilderness Nature Ride will take you on
gentle, seasoned horses through rugged, pristine canyons and
mountains lying within the magnificent Bear Creek and Greenwood
Canyon drainage systems, and along the western edge of the
legendary Gila Wilderness in southwest New Mexico.
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. We want your visit to be a positively memorable experience!
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.