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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 #55 of 679 attractions in New Mexico
Type: Historic Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Call before making the two hour (each way) drive from Silver City. They had closed due to high winds and we had no idea until we arrived after the very challenging drive. Then, turn around and do the drive back. I'm sure that the dwellings are impressive and we could have rearranged our schedule if there were road signs advising... More

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tucson, arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

we drove from the bear creek cabins (a great place to stay). took about an hour and a half. people at the visitor center were very nice, they have some great books. hiked up to cave #1 for the 11:00 tour which was very interesting. the hike up was not the easiest thing I've ever done, but even for old... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

We stayed about 45 mins away at the Georgetown Cabin Resort and this place was highly recommended. The drive was beautiful! The scenery of the mountains and Canyon Lake were absolutely breathtaking! Almost like a prelude to the Cliff Dwellings. It's a short easy hike to get to the top of the Cliff Dwellings but the view is amazing.The cliffs... More

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Natural Bridge, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Please take the time to see it all...bring water and picnic lunch and enjoy the day...I left silver city at 8 am drove up rt. 15 visited cliff dwelling caught the 11 am tour guide and had picnic lunch at visitor center picnic area...drove back by way of rt.35 past the copper mine viewing area...back to silver city by 4... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

The road to get there is slow and windy. It is a hike to get to the cliff dwellings. The result ... BEAUTIFUL views. Plenty of volunteers to tell you about the dwellings. We completely enjoyed our time at the dwellings.

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Bloomington, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Yes, it's a two-hour drive from Silver City, but the winding trip up 15 through the mountains and woods is beautiful. Do stop at the Visitors' Center for the fifteen-minute film before you go up to the dwellings. Hiking shoes are a good idea, (or at least good athletic shoes). If you time it to leave the Visitors' Center around... More

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

This was one of our must sees on our road trip. The drive up to the cliffs is only about 45 miles but takes a couple of hours to get there. The road is narrow and very winding. If you like driving tight curves, you'll love it. Our little rental had a hard time with some of the steep spots... More

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Vancouver Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

If you've never been through mountains this is a good drive. Very very winding road, take water. We went in February and saw no wildlife at all, but since the trees aren't out you can see more things. The best place to stop and check it out is Pinos Altos. Follow the heritage signs as there is a very old... More

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Soldotna, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Drive from silver through Pinos Altos and enjoy the winding road with abundance of hiking trails, wildlife, deer,turkey montezuma quail and arrive at intersection with nm 35. Continue on and enjoy the beautifull scenery from the high ridges of the Gila river valley below. Arrive at the cliff dwellings and if you never went any farther you have had a... More

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

The Gila Cliff Dwellings are very remote but oh so worth the trip. The accessibility of the dwellings themselves, once you hike in, is amazing. The Rangers and volunteers are exceptional and very in tune with the area. Go to the Visitor Center first and view the film, then go to the dwellings and hike in -- you will not... More

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