Gila - 01. Visitor to Mogollan Creek

Gila, New Mexico, US


01. Visitor to Mogollan Creek (Wilderness Run)

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 39 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Gila Near Gila
dream-510 200 - 1200 cfs II-III 21h34m 190 cfs (too low)

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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Last Updated: 2017-07-15 03:52:10

Rapid Descriptions

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