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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 #42 of 599 Attractions in New Mexico
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks
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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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Ottawa, Canada
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304 reviews 304 reviews
75 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

A longish, but scenic drive from Silver City, this site is well worth the effort. First off, there are not so many visitors, so you can go slow and spend a lot of time talking with the staff, who are knowledgeable people. Second, you are permitted to walk inside of two of the cliff dwellings, so you can feel their... More

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oklahoma
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31 reviews 31 reviews
25 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Great place to visit and study. Takes time to get to park but is well worth the trip. Just watch out for snakes as there was one sun bathing just off the trail when we visited.

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Hollywood, FL
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Short but steep walk to cliff dwelling. Helpful volunteers along way to assist with interpreting the dwellings. Really makes you FEEL the place and the people. Beautiful.

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This national monument is a must see, especially if you live in the area. It's a 2 hour drive from Silver City, NM, on a winding, mountain road if you take Hwy 15. Make sure you don't rush, because sometimes people coming from the other direction drive over the line around blind curves (and sometimes there is no line). We... More

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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262 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The drive up from Silver City is beautiful. The visitor's center is small, but has some nice displays about the life of the Puebloans who once lived here. The video was worth watching. There is a one mile loop trail to get to the ruins. I just did a self guided tour. It was nice to just walk around and... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The drive from Silver City, NM to the Gila Cliff Dwellings is one of the most beautiful roads in the USA. Entering the Gila Wilderness Area from any direction is pure joy, and NM 15 heading north from Silver City is no exception. The Gila Cliff Dwellings are located in a cliff near the headwaters of the Gila River. A... More

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Marana, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

It's quite a drive into the cliff dwellings, but it was worth it. You really can get up close. My husband an I are photographers and we loved being this close to history. The walk can be difficult at times. Make sure you have plenty of water with you. Stop at the ranger center before you make the climb. They... More

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Carmel, California
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

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 helpful votes 4 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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29 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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