August 26, 2014

Gila Wilderness

Photograph by Michael Melford, National Geographic

This rugged wilderness was the precursor to the 1964 Wilderness Act. Forty years before the act was signed by President Lyndon Johnson, 755,000 acres in New Mexico’s Gila National Forest, including the Middle Fork of the Gila River, became the world’s first designated wilderness.

See more pictures from the September 2014 feature story “50 Years of Wilderness.”

29 comments
Janice H.
Janice H.

Magnificent nature!        Rugged, beautiful, colorful shades of green and tans fill this photo with such interesting aspects of the wilderness.        Unbelievable terrain.     Great shot!

Andreas Bracke
Andreas Bracke

abolute fascinating perspective. great shot, respect ! WOW

Judy Brown-lawson
Judy Brown-lawson

The Gila river runs right by our house (not really, but nearly) and is one of the last remaining wild rivers in the southwest USA, if not the last.  During the monsoon season, it flows fast and wide, and is a joy to all. 

Steve Myers
Steve Myers

oh my word how time flies as a kid my dad had a friend that had a cabin there i was to young to remember then ( must have been back in the 50's as i am 60 now ) but we had  pictures and from what i seen was awesome

Shannon T
Shannon T

Wow, that is dizzying and fabulous.

Christine Garner
Christine Garner

This is an absolutely stunning photo. I am curious as to how Mr. Melford got this photo. Was it taken from an airplane or maybe a helicopter.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

To me this looks like a weird,winding kind of snake.The view is (to use a word I seldom do) just awesome, and way up there in more ways than one. The rock formations are are starkly beautiful with their greenery dotted around.  j.e.s........

Shah Aziz
Shah Aziz

In one word "its wonderful".

Yolanda Patterson
Yolanda Patterson

Been able to see this beautiful part of our country and I love this view! 

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