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Gila Lower Box Canyon Exploratory Hike

The Gila Box Canyon is a true oasis in the desert, 20 miles north of Lordsburg, New Mexico. Since livestock were removed from the river canyon in 1990, a lush thicket of cottonwood, willows, and other riparian vegetation have taken over. The area provides some of the best birding in New Mexico. Home to approx. 200 species, it has one of the highest bird diversities in the state. The area provides habitat to many rare and unusual birds including Bell's vireo, peregrine, bald eagle, Gila woodpecker, And Albert's towhee. The river provides opportunities for canoeing or rafting during spring runoff, and year-round fishing and camping. The river contains smallmouth bass and several species of catfish.

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This is a day trip, road is not paved, it's a bladed County Road. we might need high clearance cars. About 2 1/2 hour one way trip.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Steve, for putting together the Gila Lower Box Canyon hike.
    Hiking through the river was great exercise!
    Even though it was a hot day, the tree shade and water kept me cool the entire time :0)

    July 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Such beautiful country! Good choice of a place to go. Would like to see another exploratory hike in this area soon, trying other access points. Perhaps we'll sight the bear whose droppings we ran across - I'll be sure to bring my trusty water pistol just in case. Was great exercise.

    1 · July 20, 2014

    • Mary Beth W.

      I had a wonderful time on my first hike with the Meetup group! Thank you everyone!

      July 20, 2014

  • jody M.

    Thanks for steering us to another unique hike, Steve.

    1 · July 19, 2014

  • Samat

    So we're not impacting the patronage of Milagro and other Pan Am Plaza businesses, please park AWAY from the coffee shop, towards the street. Leaving our cars parked all day too close to the stores make patrons have to walk farther, which is unfair to these businesses.

    July 18, 2014

  • steven

    from lordsburg

    July 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I very much want to join one of these! I have mild cerebral palsy. I can walk holding someone's hand, using my rolling walker or electric wheelchair. I want to hike as much as possible, but I've never done it before. I need advice, a mentor or guide. Do you have or have had a disabled member? Shaun/"Cat"

    July 17, 2014

    • Pauline M.

      How about 1:00 to make sure that repair guy is gone

      July 17, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Will do, and thanks!

      July 17, 2014

  • jody M.

    John, can michael, the dogs and i get a ride por favor?

    July 8, 2014

    • jody M.

      Muy bien! Same place? What time? You are driving the blue? truck, so it's OK for the dogs to come, right?

      July 17, 2014

    • John

      Yes, 5:45, Black Truck, Yes

      July 17, 2014

  • Yesica

    Is it possible for me to bring my children to this?

    July 16, 2014

    • steven

      you can bring children if they hike approx. 5 miles

      July 17, 2014

  • Yubao

    Hey guys, we can always wait til at Kmart to figure out carpooling situation, as is the tradition. Don't rush yourselves. It may turn out that high clearance vehicles not be necessary. Besides, we go there for a walk on a weekend. If the road is rough, and the river is not that far from the main road, we can all enjoy starting walking a bit earlier. The metaphor goes like this: You go to the gym to use the treadmill, and upset that the closest parking spots are not available....

    1 · July 15, 2014

    • Renee

      We are meeting at Milagro's for this one I believe.

      July 15, 2014

    • Yubao

      Oh yes. Milagros . My bad. I let myself carried away by my own eloquence.

      2 · July 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a Subaru Outback AWD, Not sure if the clearance is adequate for our needs, but if it is I'm happy to take 3 passengers + a couple of crated dogs in the rear hatch area if anyone is taking their bow wow.

    July 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Renee and Amanda look forward to both of you joining me. I also have a small crate that I can get my hands on. I'll bring it just in case. I can fit one more person and perhaps one more smaller sized dog.

      July 15, 2014

    • Renee

      Hi Kim, I'm sorry - Amanda and I are going to ride with Mary Beth. She is my friend from work and hadn't decided to go until today. Thank you so much for the ride offer! I'll bring you the $ I owe you for the dripping springs hike on sat.

      July 15, 2014

  • steven

    for more information look up Gila lower box canyon. com.

    July 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had log I'm problems. Does anyone have room for two people?

    July 14, 2014

  • Kathy

    Hi Steven,

    I would like to join in on the hike. The system would not allow me to. My daughter has a Honda Pilot if need be.

    Kathy

    July 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Amanda you're welcome to a ride. Just find me at the Milagro meet point.

    July 13, 2014

  • Amanda

    I don't have a car that can do this trip either, so I'd like to carpool

    July 13, 2014

  • Liz

    I will need to ride with someone. My car is low clearance.

    July 5, 2014

  • Mary Beth W.

    I haven't been hiking with you folks yet, but this may be the right trip for me to attend. I used to go to Box Canyon with my husband years ago and he loved it. I'll RSVP in a day or so when I know for sure if I can do this.

    July 1, 2014

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