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Gila Wilderness

A horse is reflected in the side mirror of a pickup truck at the base camp to access the Gila area, which lies across the ridge in the background. The New Mexico area fits ecologist Aldo Leopold’s definition of a wilderness, a place “big enough to absorb a two weeks’ pack trip.”
Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times
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