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Big Wild Adventures, Gila Wilderness, New Mexico

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Climbing in the Gila Wilderness region of New Mexico

Operator: Big Wild Adventures

Autumn brings crisp, sunny weather to the thickly forested high country of the Gila Wilderness. And you’ll appreciate the cool breezes, as this is a strenuous trip: while you don’t scale peaks every day, you consistently maintain an altitude of 7,500 to 10,000 feet. Along the way you see massive oaks and aspens amid the towering evergreens of pine, spruce, and Douglas fir. You’ll keep an eye out for elk, wild turkey, and Mexican gray wolves among the mountain streams and plunging rocky canyons, spending nights curled up in top-quality lightweight tents.

Cost: $1,800 per person ($200 discount if you bring your own gear), seven days.

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