Join Nuestra Tierra for this bilingual field trip – in English and Spanish – to the beautiful Gila Lower Box. This lovely land and stretch of the Gila River is right in the heart of the Chihuahuan Desert. As you hike, Gabe will talk about desert ecology, focusing on the area’s wildlife, including bighorn sheep, mountain lion, and the elusive, charismatic coati. Side canyons of the Gila River have prehistoric petroglyphs left by Chiricahua Apache who inhabited this land centuries ago and eventually abandoned it, most likely because of extended droughts. Due to climate change, residents of the Southwest today are facing similar issues – hotter and drier weather. Please bring water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen, and hat. This hike involves many shallow river crossings, so be sure to wear river shoes. Hiking poles help with balance while crossing the river.
Meet at the Murray Ryan Visitors Center at 8:00 am in Silver City, NM, and drive to the Gila Lower Box. Travel time: about 1.25 hrs. each way.
More information and more events at the official Gila River Festival Website.