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: