Silver city, new mexico

September 20th - 23rd, 2018

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The 14th Annual 

Gila River Festival

The Gila Conservation Coalition hosts the 14th annual Gila River Festival “Celebrating 50 Years of Wild & Scenic Rivers” September 20-23, 2018 in Silver City, NM, the Gila National Forest and along the Gila River. 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. As our nation matures, we have come to recognize the value of rivers and our responsibility to protect them. Rivers run through us – our hearts, our lives, our nation’s history.

The 14th Annual Gila River Festival celebrates this momentous legislation and explores the past, present and future of river protection.

Speakers include writers Phil Connors, Tim Palmer, and Melissa Sevigny and filmmaker Tony Estrada. Keynote speaker is Senator Tom Udall (invited).

Featuring hands-on activities designed to foster a deeper intimacy with the Gila River, the four-day event includes river outings, field trips and more.

Schedule overview.

Registration opens July 1, 2018.


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Silver City, NM


The Gila River Festival is based in Silver City, New Mexico, the gateway to the Gila Wilderness -- America's first wilderness area. A variety of expert-guided field trips will be offered to bring you unforgettable experiences of the 3.3 million acre Gila National Forest and the Gila River, New Mexico's last wild river. Silver City has a vibrant historic downtown and thriving art community. 

A wide variety of lodging options is available. 


THANK YOU! to our sponsors whose financial contributions make the Gila River Festival possible!


Photographs: Stephen Dorn, Jay Hemphill, Maddy Alfero, Allyson Siwik, Diana Molina,

Mark Watson, Zoe Wolfe, Mike Fugagli.

Wild rivers are earth’s renegades, defying gravity, dancing to their own tunes, resisting the authority of humans, always chipping away, and eventually always winning.
— Richard Bangs & Christian Kallen