America’s First Designated Wilderness Area Is Also One Of New Mexico’s Most Underrated Natural Beauties
When it comes to natural beauties, the Land of Enchantment doesn’t disappoint. Areas like White Sands, Carlsbad Caverns, and Tent Rocks offer some stunning views. But plenty of other areas across the state are also severely underrated in their natural beauty. One such place is New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness.
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You can find additional information about this area by visiting the U.S. Forest Service website.
When visiting, don’t forget to follow the Leave No Trace principles. This includes respecting wildlife and leaving what you find.
Looking for another lovely location found within the Gila National Forest? If sleeping under an impossibly dark sky sounds like your idea of time well spent, you’ll want to check out Cosmic Campground, an International Dark Sky Sanctuary found right here in New Mexico. Read more about the campground and its scenery in This Remote Campground In New Mexico Is Truly Unique And Here’s Why.
Monica is a Diné (Navajo) freelance writer and photographer based in the Southwest. Born in Gallup and raised in Phoenix, she is Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water People) and Tsi'naajinii (Black Streak Wood People). Monica is a staff writer for Only In Your State, photo editor for The Mesa Legend, and previously a staff writer for The Navajo Post. You can reach her at [email protected]
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