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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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The caves and way of life is very interesting.

The hike is very short and enjoyable. Anyone of any fitness level can see this. We had an excellent ranger guide, Susan, who told us about the life and different rooms in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

The hike is very short and enjoyable. Anyone of any fitness level can see this. We had an excellent ranger guide, Susan, who told us about the life and different rooms in the cave. The drive is fairly long so make sure you fill up your tank before heading out there. Beautiful views on your way there. Highly recommend this.

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Pittsboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

It takes awhile to drive to the location but the scenery makes it worth the effort. The hike is short and easy with several good photo locations (several marked). You could probably get away with wearing tennis shores but you will be glad if you wear at least a light low hiking shoe with decent traction and foot support. The... More 

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Harrodsburg, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Well maintained. Easy access. Short walk from parking to entrance. Detailed caves and good guided tours. Park volunteers were very thorough.

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Washington DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This is really worth the drive! It's amazing to get up close and personal in the caves. The tour is only an hour but you learn a lot and our guide, George, was great.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Although these cliff dwellings are in a fairly remote location, the long detour from the main road is definitely worthwhile. From the car park you need to walk along a pleasant, shady track for about 20 minutes which gradually climbs up to the cliff houses. These dwellings are very well preserved and really interesting to see. You can actually go... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Pros: There was tons of wildlife in the park - birds, beetles, lizards, and other insects. Plus there were hummingbird feeders by the visitor center being visited by hummingbirds in great numbers. The Park Rangers were very knowledgeable of the history of the park and the local wildlife. The ruins are very cool and the hike to see them is... More 

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Newark, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Long drive to get to it but the views are amazing, once you hike up you get to see the caves closely

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We hiked it with two small five year old boys. Great time. Not real hard. The views are great. Long drive but worth it and drive is gorgeous. Take water and food, not much up there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

We spent a few nights in Truth or Consequences and drove to the Gila Cliff Dwellings. The rangers were friendly and gave us all the information we needed. The hike was beautiful and not difficult at all. There is an uphill climb but it is short and you get to be right in the dwellings. There were very few people... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Unfortunately our trip to the cliff dwellings was cut short by approaching storms, so we only viewed the dwellings from the vista on the trail and were not able to walk through them. The guide who escorted us out was great, and told us about shorter hikes we could safely do that afternoon in the park. Leave plenty of time... More 

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