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Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

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Address: Highway 15 / 35, Gila National Forest, NM 88061
Phone Number: 575-536-9461
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Description: Surrounded by Gila National Forest and at the edge of Gila Wilderness...
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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Beautiful drive to get there.

Fantastic drive to get there--1 way in and 1 way out so take turns driving so someone can look on the winding mountain roads. Very nice visitor center with introductory film... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 2, 2015
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Canton, Texas
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Canton, Texas
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

Fantastic drive to get there--1 way in and 1 way out so take turns driving so someone can look on the winding mountain roads. Very nice visitor center with introductory film. Nice fairly easy hike up a canyon with a stream. You can turn around when they come into view or continue up a not extremely steep climb to the... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

If you like Cliffs, National Parks, windy roads, and being surrounded of nature, a perfect trip! Recommend taking the day and a full tank of gas with the long windy roads in and out. Definitely get oriented at the visitor center for all trails and updates. The views from the main trail to the cliff dwellings are worth the drive... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

The drive via highway 35 to this archeological wonder only adds to the entire trip! Great volunteers at visitors center and at the dwellings! Don't miss this trip through the first wilderness area and 700 year old dwellings if you have six hours minimum from Silver City.

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Who knew that this little-known wilderness would have such spectacular geography? What a fantastic drive, at every turn breathtaking. The road is winding and a little hairy in some spots, but do not miss it - I am referring to NM Hwy 35. The hike to the cliff dwellings from the trail head is not difficult but near the top... More 

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Sahuarita, Arizona
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

The drive to get there is completely worth it, and the dwellings are very impressive. The small hike to get to the dwellings provides beautiful views of the caves as you walk up to the cliff for a more intimate view.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Great tour with a moderate hike climbing a gradual 175 feet of total elevation on a 1 mile loop. Insightful and educating. See 2000 year old wood, 700 year old corn cobs, cave paintings, and ruins of native people. Understand the winding road from Silver City will take 1 hour to travel 45 miles due to tight turns and steep... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The trip to the dwellings is an experience on its own. A twisty scenic drive is on route. But it is beautiful. We stopped first at the visitor center. The ladies were helpful. At the parking lot there was a knowledgeable ranger. The walk is up hill but when you reach the site- it is awesome. It is nice to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We drove up with a group of co-workers from southern NM, the drive was roughly 3 hours. The portion of the drive thru the woods and winding roads brought on some car sickness in part of the group, but those of us who had stomach issues recovered upon arriving at the dwellings. Someone else said its an amazing piece of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We were backpacking in the wilderness for 4 days so did this short 1 mile round trip hike before heading out. Even though it seemed like a possible over done tourist attraction it was well preserved and breathtaking and not accessible to everyone as it is a long but magnificent drive to get there for such a short visit. The... More 

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Mansfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

The 43(?) mile road back to the dwellings was very scenic with a lot of white knuckled moments at the edge of the road up on the mountain. Twists and turns, and up and down most of the way. There are places you can pull over to take some great shots with your camera. Once you get back to the... More 

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