6: Gila Wilderness, Aldo Leopold and Blue Range Wilderness Areas

The Gila National Forest includes more wilderness than any other national forest in the Southwest. Three wilderness areas together total 792,584 acres, or approximately 24% of the Gila National Forest. The Gila Wilderness, the world's first designated wilderness, was created on June 3, 1924 at the urging of the great conservation pioneer Aldo Leopold. 


Wilderness Ethics -- In wilderness there are no roads; the only travel permitted is by foot or horseback. Please follow these simple points to maintain your wilderness:

  • Motorized vehicles are not permitted in the wilderness
  • Mechanized equipment (including mountain bikes and e-bikes) may not be used in the wilderness
  • Leave No Trace of your visit