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Address: Highway 15 / 35, Gila National Forest, NM 88061
Phone Number: 575-536-9461
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Surrounded by Gila National Forest and at the edge of Gila Wilderness, this...

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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Overall a once in a lifetime experience. The hike to the dwellings was scenic and the trail well maintained. Nice that you are allowed to see the interior of the dwellings (other... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Henderson, Nevada

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Henderson, Nevada
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Overall a once in a lifetime experience. The hike to the dwellings was scenic and the trail well maintained. Nice that you are allowed to see the interior of the dwellings (other places we've been didn't allow close up viewing). The only thing was that the drive through the mountains to get there was a white knuckle experience for me.

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Reston, VA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Frankly, the ride is more memorable than the ruins. If you like hairpin turns at high altitudes, this is the place for you. The pass at the top is pretty, the rest is just one turn after the other. There are lots of great ruins in the southwest, but this one doesn't make the top five, maybe the top ten.... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited the dwellings the middle of October, 2015. The guides were very helpful and gave good instructions about the short hike. Take your time getting to the dwellings as it is a beautiful hike with a lovely stream along side it. When you get to the dwellings, you are able to get inside them and see the views the... More 

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really fascinating set of well-preserved cave dwellings that you can explore, and friendly, knowledgeable volunteer guides at the caves to help you pick out the finer details and speculate on how they were used. The visitor centre on the way to the caves has a little display with some artefacts found and takes you the history of the Native Americans... More 

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El Paso, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Love this place. My husband and I we're looking for something interesting to do with a visitor from Michigan this past month. We decided to head up to the Gila, we had not been up that way in almost 10 years. The paths are well marked, the Rangers are very knowledgable, and the history is quite remarkable. Yes the ruins... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

This park is in a class of it's own, much like many of the parks in NM. It may be a little tougher hike to get to the main attraction, especially if you just like to do the driving tours. You cannot see the caves from a "drive up" point of view. However, you don't need to do the most... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

Gila Cliff Dwellings is a wonderful place! You must go, walk into the forest (following the path, of course) and you must visit the Mogollon ruins into the caves. No words to describe the view...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Arrived at this site in the late morning. Note, we stayed overnight in Silver City, and it was a two hour very demanding drive through switchbacks and narrow roads to get to the place. So, be prepared to start early and like us, bring a lunch and plenty of water. There is nothing around the monument where you can get... More 

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument in itself is an amazing site. But I was even more impressed with Gila National Forest, Gila Wilderness....it is a beautiful place. And what I love about it also is how remote it is from everything else. Truly beautiful piece of land that I want to experience in the future more. Just to get to... More 

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Cornelius, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

My wife and I spent the entire day traveling from Silver City to the Cliff Dwellings (and back) -- and it was a day well spent. We decided to take the "long" route -- 180 to 152 to 35 to 15 to the Cliff Dwellings -- because we wanted to have breakfast at 3 Questions Coffeehouse in the Mimbres Valley.... More 

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