Tuesday

Sunday

Into the Gila: Squatter’s Paradise


From the corner of my eye, a glimmer of light echoed through the trees. I stopped the truck and walked down the hillside through the thick. What I discovered beyond the tangled branches would provide one of the most profound experiences of the trip.



Stay Tuned for the Relics of Squatter’s Paradise…

Tuesday

Into the Gila: The Lost Road















Most would never believe Southern New Mexico could look like this...

Friday

Sunday

Go Find Yourself...

Friday

Into the Gila: Creatures' Haven







Wednesday

Into the Gila: The Lost Road

Tuesday

Into the Gila: El Desayuno



Gila Sunrise:Green Chile, Ham, Onion, Potato and Garlic--all Sautéed in Olive Oil. Serve with Scrambled Eggs, Tortillas, Avocado Slices and El Pinto Green Chile Salsa. For best results, prepare outside...

No plates please!

Monday

Into the Gila: Continental Divide



The Continental Divide is the line that divides the flow of water between the Pacific Ocean and Atlantic Ocean in North America. Rain or snow that drains from the east side of the Continental Divide flows into the Atlantic Ocean while water on the west side flows into the Pacific Ocean.


The Continental Divide, also called the “Great Divide”, winds through the New Mexico Gila like a snake in the bush. On this trip, we crossed the divide six times. While roadwork does not exist for extensive vehicle exploration, the Continental Divide Trail allows hikers an epic route across the backbone of America from Mexico to Canada. In New Mexico, the Continental Divide Trail follows an estimated 770 miles from the San Luis Mountains near Antelope Wells to the 12,778 Banded Peak north of Chama. Hikers should be aware that 194 miles of the the still need to be completed and are currently nothing more than a line on the map. As the Continental Divide Trail crosses many remote sections of the Chihuahuan Desert, hikers should be aware that water sources can be sparse.

Saturday

Friday

Into the Gila: Dusk at Black Mountain Mesa



We traveled due south from the VLA, covering some 60 miles of dirt over high desert prairie reminiscent of the scenery in Dances With Wolves. The first evening, we made camp where the Plains of San Agustin meet the foothills of the Gila Wilderness. Smoke from distant forest fires hung in the sky providing a spectacular illumination at dusk.