Southwestern Guesthouses on 265 Acres
near Silver City, New Mexico
overlooking Bear Creek and the Gila Wilderness

Casitas de Gila Nature Blog

scarlet globemallow and desert dandelion

Spring Wildflowers in Southwest New Mexico

Following a Moist Late Winter and Early Spring, an Amazing Extravagance of Wildflowers Emerges at Casitas de Gila Guesthouses in Southwest New Mexico   THE EXCEPTIONAL BLOOMING OF SPRING FLOWERS AFTER A WET LATE WINTER When there is rain in Southwest New Mexico during the late winter

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fluorite crystal

Fluorite Mining in SW New Mexico

SEARCHING FOR CRYSTALS AND HISTORY IN THEGILA FLUORITE DISTRICT OF SOUTHWEST NEW MEXICO   THE GILA FLUORSPAR DISTRICT AND THE GILA FLUORSPAR MILL It was June of 1943 and the United States was now deep into its second year of involvement in World War II. All projections

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Striped Skunks

More Night Life!

Caught in the game camera!!! Little did these critters know that they’d be on the Internet one day, for all to see! It’s amazing what moves around along Bear Creek and around the Casitas while we are sleeping …

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Gray Fox

Night Life at Casitas de Gila Guesthouses

Sitting quietly in front of Casitas de Gila Guesthouses late at night, one cannot help but wonder about what might be going on down along Bear Creek, a hundred feet below. What wildlife might be there in the darkness, and what might it be doing? On most

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Gila Wilderness Super-Volcanoes

Thanks to the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic Channel, the BBC, and other mass media documentaries, most people have heard of super-volcanoes: large-scale geologic features, which when they become active, can spew 1,000 cubic kilometers (240 cubic miles) or more of ejected material in the form of

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Fall in the Gila Country — Light and Leaves

October and November are spectacular months in the Gila Country of Southwestern New Mexico. With the ending of the monsoon rains, the days are noticeably shorter and the skies have taken on a deeper shade of cobalt blue as the noonday sun tracks ever lower in the

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November Birding in SW New Mexico

We would like to thank Ed and Betty of Columbia, Missouri. They were guests here at Casitas de Gila Guesthouses in November 2019. They had such a wonderful time birding here, that they left this amazing story in our Casita guestbook. It’s so wonderful, we just have

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