Gila Wilderness Backpacking

Gila Wilderness, NM

Oct 5—Oct 12, 2024

$7508 slots openBackpacking

Discover the untamed beauty of the Gila Wilderness, America’s first designated wilderness area, on this unforgettable 5-day backpacking adventure in southwestern New Mexico.

As you traverse the rugged Mogollon Mountains, you’ll develop essential outdoor skills like minimum-impact camping, map reading, and off-trail navigation while immersing yourself in a pristine desert environment.

Wake to the sounds of coyotes and deer as you prepare breakfast on your camp stove. Explore the area’s unique ecology as you ascend high ridges and wander through ponderosa pine forests. Step back in time as you encounter ancient cliff dwellings and artifacts left by the Mogollon people. Throughout the journey, daily dhikr, prayer, Qur’an recitation, and Islamic classes will keep you connected to your faith and purpose. Come prepared to disconnect from the modern world and embrace the simplicity and challenges of the wilderness.


What's Included

  • 5 nights camping with tents, sleeping pads, stoves, and all group gear provided (please note: while we provide essential group gear and provisions, you will need to bring your own personal gear)
  • All camping meals from dinner on arrival day through breakfast on departure
  • Expert guiding on hikes, backcountry navigation & wilderness skills
  • Spiritual mentoring and talks from guides to illuminate your inward journey
  • Transport during the trip and necessary shuttles



Led by

Ustadh Abdalla Husain

Outdoor Instructor

Ustadh Abdalla Husain is a graduate of Tayseer Seminary and an experienced outdoor leadership instructor who currently serves as the Youth Director of the Muslim Youth of Knoxville.

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Yow Feng

Outdoor Instructor

Yow Feng is an experienced wilderness guide and outdoor educator who has led backpacking trips throughout the Mountain West, Alaska, the Southwest, and the Utah canyonlands for over a decade.

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Age Minimum
Course Duration
7 days (5 in wilderness area)
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