Archery Elk and Deer Hunting
New Mexico offers it's residents unlimited recreational activities. It's numerous national forests , monuments, and resorts provide endless opportunities for the outdoorsman and sportsman. The Gila National Forest is comprised of more than three million acres of beautiful rugged landscape, and more wilderness than in any other national forest of the Southwest. From the high spruce-fir reaches of an eleven thousand foot peak in the Mogollon Mountains where golden eagles play with the wind, down to the semi-arid four thousand two hundred foot elevation, vibrant with antelope and Chihuahuan and Upper Sonoran desert cacti, there are six distinct "plant communities." This superb example of pristine mountains, forests, range land, and protected desert, is the first ever designated wilderness area in the world. The Gila National Forest has three lakes. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish stock all three with rainbow trout in fall, winter, and spring months.