Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it impossible, at least in the near future, for the Gila Native Plant Society to conduct its usual summer field trips in person, but we will have virtual field trips once a month. And we will post notices of where interesting plants may be found on this page and on the Facebook page (Gila Native Plant Society).
Take a Virtual Field Trip with Russ Kleinman! Click on the link to start the video. It is a series of short videos, total time is about 20 minutes:
Jackie Blurton has a good suggestion for an individual field trip:
Railroad and Gallinas Canyons, Trail 129. This canyon in the Black Range is a pleasant hike in any season. Spring flowers bloom from early May into June all along the trail and on the slopes. The trail follows Gallinas Creek so there are numerous stream crossings. At this time of year the water is low and the creek is only about 4-5 feet wide. There are plenty of large rocks to step across on so you don’t have to get your feet wet. Be sure to take a hiking staff or trekker poles to aid your balance as your cross. The trail is an easy grade with a few short sections where the grade increases.
Directions to trailhead: Travel east on Hwy 152 from Silver City into the Black Range. Look for road signs for Railroad Campground and Trail 129. The campground is closed and gated at this posting but you can duck under the gate and walk through the campground to get to the trailhead.
Parking: Park at the gate or at a pullout on the right just past the turn off to the campground. Travel time one way is about 50 minutes.
Look for Virgin’s Bower, Silvery Lupine, Claret Cup Cactus, Cliff Fendlerbush and emerging Banana Yucca blooms. The photos in this post were taken by Jackie Blurton on a hike on May 14, 2020.