Years before the Gila Wilderness existed on a map, Aldo Leopold shot a wolf from atop a rimrock canyon in New Mexico. He reached the still breathing wolf and saw something that forever changed him. In his classic text, A Sand County Almanac, Leopold describes the experience, “We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes.”
Western Montana's historic Ninemile Remount Depot and Ranger Station stands as a reminder of the past and a hope for the future. Still an active ranch, Ninemile also teaches critical backcountry Wilderness skills necessary for managing these special places across the National Forest System.