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Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

Highway 15 / 35, Gila National Forest, NM 88061
575-536-9461
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Ranked #61 of 725 Attractions in New Mexico
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Surrounded by Gila National Forest and at the edge of Gila Wilderness, this area contains dwellings of the Mogollon Indians who lived here in the 13th... more » Owner description: Surrounded by Gila National Forest and at the edge of Gila Wilderness, this area contains dwellings of the Mogollon Indians who lived here in the 13th century. « less
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Carmel, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

a beautiful 44 mile drive through the Gila Forest. Cliff dwellings were very good. Five rooms accessed via staircase and ladders. Plenty of volunteer guides to give info, great picnic area. There is no food to be purchased so bring something to eat. A really good site...

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El Paso, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I recently went on a camping trip with my son's Boy Scout Troop to the Gila Cliff Dwellings. It was my very first time there, and I cannot believe that I had never taken the time to drive the 3 hours to the Gila Mountains. This is truly God's country; a very majestic and peaceful place. The dwellings are so... More

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Dallas, Texas
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28 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

A great place to learn about the history of the Indians who lived here over 500 years ago. The caves tell us short stories about their life and times. The ranger guided tours were wonderful. Stop at the visitor center first before hiking to the caves, learning about the Indians makes hiking all the more interesting.

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El Paso, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We drove from El Paso (4 hours) to see these mysterious cliff dwellings. We weren't disappointed! The drive through the Gila National forest alone is breath-taking (especially for someone who has been living in the desert any length of time)! They weren't offering guided tours because it was a holiday weekend and they were too overwhelmed, but the rangers were... More

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El Paso, Texas, USA
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161 reviews 161 reviews
47 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We traveled all the way from El Paso to visit the ruins on a Saturday. The drive is about 4 hours long without stops which includes a scenic but dangerous drive over two mountains. We almost collided with one car on the narrow roads. Upon arriving at the trail head, despite the blue skies overhead and sun shining, with people... More

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Tucson
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We were treated to a private tour of the cliff dwellings, as we were the only people there when we arrived at the site. Our volunteer ranger, Donna, was knowledgable and enthusiastic about the dwellings. It's a nice, short hike up to the site and back down. The cliff dwellings are incredible, and there were plenty of photo ops. What... More

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The cliff dwellings are very nice. The walk is easy, and the small natural history museum is very informative. During the summer months, the cliff dwellings may close when lightning is in the area. For this reason, it is best to get there early in the morning, before the afternoon rains. The road (15) to there is very wlnding, and... More

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Tucson
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15 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I always love to visit the old ruins that were occupied by native people in what I always perceive was a very good and rich life. Gila Cliff Dwellings are among the most amazing out there. I loved the winding 45 mile drive through Gila Wilderness to get to the Gila Cliff Dwellings. The drive took us though forest and... More

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Texas
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86 reviews 86 reviews
13 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The cliff dwellings were fantastic! We had a very informed guide that was a volunteer. She was very friendly, took time to answer questions and really kept the kids interested. The trail was in great shape and easy to hike. Everything was kept clean. The scenery was beautiful! Would love to visit again! They don't allow pets on the trail... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
14 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

Please take the time to enjoy the drive up into the forest. It's quite breathtaking. Since the rains have been heavy in NM this year, the gnats were pretty intense at the lower elevation but the little pests were soon left behind and we were up among the ruins. We both agree that this is the most user friendly ruins... More

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