Wild and Scenic Designations for NM Rivers Benefit Local Economy / Public News Service

 Wild and Scenic Designations for NM Rivers Benefit Local Economy / Public News Service

While the Gila is the longest river in the state, New Mexico also offers recreational opportunities on the San Juan, Pecos, Rio Grande and Canadian Rivers. (americanrivers.org)

 By Roz Brown – Producer, Contact

June 28, 2021

SILVER CITY, N.M – Rivers, wetlands and riparian areas make up only 1% of the New Mexico landscape, and they’re getting attention this month for their critical roles in renewing the state’s water supply and providing recreational opportunities.

There are five major rivers in New Mexico, including the Gila, one of the longest rivers in the West. Backpacker Jeff Goin, who lives in Silver City – the gateway to the Gila Wilderness – said he wishes everyone would plan a trip to a river before National Rivers Month ends on June 30.

“The most memorable trip I’ve taken, without exception, was down the Middle Fork of the Gila River,” said Goin. “Wilderness in general, and rivers in particular, are tremendously…

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