Gila Wilderness: Pocket of isolation

 

The Gila Wilderness -- the world's oldest formally protected wilderness area -- is an area of startling contrasts. In the canyons, brilliant red-flowered cacti bloom from crevices in the walls and purple violets flower in the damp maple, alder and oak streamside forests. Download entire issue to view this article: http://www.hcn.org/issues/7.7/download-entire-issue