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Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

Address: Highway 15 / 35, Gila National Forest, NM 88061
Phone Number: 575-536-9461
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Surrounded by Gila National Forest and at the edge of Gila Wilderness, this area contains dwellings...
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Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
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.
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Albuquerque, NM
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118 reviews 118 reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

A trip to Gila Cliff Dwellings NM is like driving Lombard St in San Francisco over and over again. And as you drive you can see the scars on the roadside trees as evidence. However, for the most part, there are no steep cliffs to worry about. So the drive may take you twice as long as your hike up... More 

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Before I write about the Cliff Dwellings, I have to mention the road to get there. Driving north from Silver City, NM, on 15, the trip is 45 miles. The whole stretch is a small winding road, but the first part, until you get to the turn off to Lake Roberts, is very tight. Its less two lane, more one... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

A scenic two hour drive from Silver City on a winding road through a gorgeous pine forest. Hike a short way up the mountain to the cliff dwellings. The knowledgeable volunteers there are happy to tell you the history of this fascinating place and the people that built and inhabited the dwellings. This is definitely worth the trip and it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Don't trust the exit signs. When you are driving around T or C on I25, you will see an exit for the cliff dwellings. The cliff dwellings are still 2+ h away. Also, there are not too many gas stations in between. Be prepared! They are worth it if you have the time. Also, there are natural hot springs in... More 

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Louisville, Colorado
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A beautiful drive from Silver City though the hills and unusual rock formations. The walking tour is very short and easy for most anyone. A must see if you're in the area!!!

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We took the two hour drive north out of Silver City through some beautiful desert mountain country. The Gila river bottom and cottonwoods and cliffs are pretty special. We then visited the dwellings and was impressive as well. Afterward we went to the hot springs at the little goat farm camoground, another wonderful spot on the river, we were the... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

My wife and I visited here recently. I am originally from NM, but never cared to visit any of our local attractions. Of course now that we live in Nevada, we try to see as many as we can. The staff was very nice and knowledgeable. It's very nice that you can actually walk inside and get close-up (be careful... More 

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Belle Plaine, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

there are a lot of inforative and friendly rangers who are ready to have their brains picked about this monument. It is very much worht visiting when you are oout and about in this area.

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winniipeg, Manitoba
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8 reviews 8 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This site is amazing. The size and scope is so large and very easy to walk through. It gives you a clear idea of what life was like back then.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

First, do not let the reviews about the drive scare you. Believe me I do not like curvy roads but it is so worth it to see these dwellings 'plus the ride is beautiful. I took a trip across America from coast to coast in a car and this was one of my most favorite things. If you get the... More 

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