Schedule Overview


The 14th annual Gila River Festival is scheduled for September 20 - 23, 2018. The event offers a wide range of experiences to bring you closer to understanding the uniqueness of New Mexico's last free-flowing river. The schedule is subject to change. Field trips leave rain or shine.

On-line registration opens July 1, 2018.

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September 20

7:30 am - 12 pm

Field Trip: Wildlife on a Scenic River w/ Sonnie Sussillo, Carol Martin & Linda Moore Lee

7:30 am - 3 pm

Field Trip: Lower San Francisco Canyon with Nathan Newcomer

7:45 am - 12 pm

Field Trip: Wild Whitewater with      Dave Menzie

11:00 am - 12 pm

Presentation: Gila Descending with Dutch Salmon

1:00 pm - 5 pm

Field Trip: Archaeology Field Trip with Archaeology SW

1 pm

Presentation: Rivers on the Run with Adrian Oglesby

2:15 pm

Presentation: Promise & Potential of Wild & Scenic Rivers with Steve Harris

3:30 pm

Presentation: A Wild River's Value with Dr. Denielle Perry and Steve Harris

7 pm

Presentation: A Song for the River with Phil Connors


September 21

7 am - 3 pm

Field Trip: Wild Waters with Alex Mares

8:00 am - 12 pm

Field Trip: Wild Birds on a Wild River with Mike Fugagli

8:15 am - 12:00 pm

Field Trip: Horseback Ride to Fort Bayard


11:00 am - 12 pm

Presentation: Aldo Leopold - A Living History with Steve Morgan


1:00 PM - 5 pm

Field Trip: Gila Middle Box with Nathan Newcomer

1:15 pm - 5 pm

Field Trip: Landscapes of the Wild Gila River with Patrice Mutchnick

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Presentation: In Defense of Water: Activism through Film

7 pm

Keynote Presentation: Wild & Scenic Rivers: An American Legacy with Tim Palmer



September 22

7:45 am - 12 pm

Field Trip: Mogollon Box Birds with Mike Fugagli

8:00 am - 2 pm

Field Trip: Mineral Creek with Nathan Newcomer

9 am - 2 pm

Field Trip: Gila River Kayaking with Far Flung Adventures

10 am - 11:30 pm

Autumn Equinox Celebration with The Lotus Center

11:30 am - 4:30 pm

Gila River Extravaganza with Monsoon Puppet Parade, Mescalero Apache War Dance, San Carlos Apache Honor & Social Songs, West African Drumming, Poetry Bread, Fish Wish -- community art project with Zoe Wolfe

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Gala for the Gila with special guest New Mexico State Senator Jeff Steinborn, music by Illusion Band, and cash bar provided by La Esperanza Winery




September 23

8:30 am - 3 pm

Field Trip: Wild & Scenic Fishing with Trout Unlimited

8 aM - 4 pm


Sacred Waters Horseback Trip to Gila River with Joe Saenz

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Local Food Brunch - Mythical River, Real Food with Melissa Sevigny