Friday, May 4, 2018

#NewMexico #Adventure - hiking the Gila National Forest

The Gila National Forest includes three wilderness areas for a total of 3.3 million acres. According to the US Forest Service, "The Gila National Forest includes more wilderness than any other national forest in the Southwest. This undeveloped natural country can refresh the human spirit simply by its grandeur, purity, and remoteness." You can find campgrounds as well as plenty of opportunities for backcountry camping. Recently we visited the northwestern part of the Forest, in west central New Mexico, close to the Arizona border. As you can see from these photos, I loved the interesting trees there.

What do you think? Would this landscape inspire you to camp, hike, or at least stop and take a few photos?

Kris Bock writes novels of suspense and romance with outdoor adventures and Southwestern landscapes. Whispers in the Dark features archaeology and intrigue among ancient Southwest ruins. What We Found is a mystery with strong romantic elements about a young woman who finds a murder victim in the woods. In Counterfeits, stolen Rembrandt paintings bring danger to a small New Mexico town.

In The Dead Man’s Treasure, estranged relatives compete to reach a buried treasure by following a series of complex clues. In The Skeleton Canyon Treasure, sparks fly when reader favorites Camie and Tiger help a mysterious man track down his missing uncle. Read excerpts at or visit her Amazon pageSign up for the Kris Bock newsletter for announcements of new books, sales, and more.