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Difficulty II-III
Length 39 Miles
Gauge Gila Near Gila
Flow Range 200 - 1200 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 15 hours ago 75 [CFS] 👍 ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 07/15/2017 3:52 am

River Description


This is a very scenic run with moderate rapids, relatively clear water, and excellent camping. Old guidebooks warn of barbed wire in the river, but we encountered none.

A hiking trail follows the river for the entire distance, crossing from bank to bank. The only emergency exit is at Sapillo Creek, where a trail leads many miles to highway 15.

 

Put in at Grapevine campground on the East Fork, or at the highway bridge near the confluence with the Middle Fork. You might want to visit Gila cliff dwellings national monument before launching. The normal take-out is at a campground just past the mouth of Mogollon Creek.  It is possible to take out upstream, where the dirt road that reaches Turkey Creek changes from 2WD to 4WD, but this makes your shuttle worse.

 

Usually boatable during a brief period of peak snowmelt in normal years, or for a longer period in years with above-average snowpack.  Minimum flow around 200, same class at 1200 cfs, measured near takeout on the Gila gauge.

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New Mexico Governor Lujan Grisham Vetoes Gila Diversion Funding

4/10/2019
Hattie Johnson

In her campaign, newly elected Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham laid out a plan to end work on the Gila River Diversion Project. This past Friday she took great strides towards that promise by vetoing $1.698M in New Mexico Unit funding requested by the Interstate Stream Commission for Gila diversion planning and design.

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Speak Up NOW to Protect New Mexico’s Gila and San Francisco Rivers!

8/13/2018
Kestrel Kunz

SIGN THIS CITIZEN SUPPORT LETTER TO PROTECT THE GILA AND SAN FRANCISCO RIVERS IN NEW MEXICO BEFORE THIS FRIDAY! 

On July 18, a coalition of recreationists, landowners, and conservations groups, including American Whitewater, submitted a formal proposal to the offices of Senator Heinrich and Senator Udall to designate 453.9 miles in the Gila River Watershed under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The proposal includes the mainstem Gila River, the San Francisco River, and select major tributaries to the Gila River, and would protect these prized river segments for future generations. Now, we need everyone to let Senator Heinrich and Senator Udall know that we care about these rivers and their many values - whether you are a New Mexican resident, visitor, or river lover, your voice can make a difference here. 

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Save the Gila River

10/22/2015
Nathan Fey

New Mexico's Interstate Stream Commission has taken one more step down the road of killing one of the region's most iconic rivers, approving the costly and environmentally destructive proposed Gila River Diversion.

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Matt Muir

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Bill Tuthill

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Kestrel Kunz

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1191002 08/09/05 n/a n/a
1197479 04/03/10 Bill Tuthill actual description after running it
1197480 04/03/10 Bill Tuthill lat & long
1197481 04/03/10 Bill Tuthill added flow range
1208080 07/15/17 Kestrel Kunz