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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 #46 of 723 attractions in New Mexico
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Tucson
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We were treated to a private tour of the cliff dwellings, as we were the only people there when we arrived at the site. Our volunteer ranger, Donna, was knowledgable and enthusiastic about the dwellings. It's a nice, short hike up to the site and back down. The cliff dwellings are incredible, and there were plenty of photo ops. What... More

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

The cliff dwellings are very nice. The walk is easy, and the small natural history museum is very informative. During the summer months, the cliff dwellings may close when lightning is in the area. For this reason, it is best to get there early in the morning, before the afternoon rains. The road (15) to there is very wlnding, and... More

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Tucson
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15 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I always love to visit the old ruins that were occupied by native people in what I always perceive was a very good and rich life. Gila Cliff Dwellings are among the most amazing out there. I loved the winding 45 mile drive through Gila Wilderness to get to the Gila Cliff Dwellings. The drive took us though forest and... More

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Texas
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74 reviews 74 reviews
9 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The cliff dwellings were fantastic! We had a very informed guide that was a volunteer. She was very friendly, took time to answer questions and really kept the kids interested. The trail was in great shape and easy to hike. Everything was kept clean. The scenery was beautiful! Would love to visit again! They don't allow pets on the trail... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

Please take the time to enjoy the drive up into the forest. It's quite breathtaking. Since the rains have been heavy in NM this year, the gnats were pretty intense at the lower elevation but the little pests were soon left behind and we were up among the ruins. We both agree that this is the most user friendly ruins... More

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Tucson, AZ
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

First: it takes 2 hours one-way to get there from Silver City. We took 15 north to get there, then the 15/35/152 route back through Mimbres - a little longer but a well-needed change of scenery as well as a break from nausea-inducing switch-backs. Bring bathing suits if you want to take advantage of the hot springs pools just outside... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Read about it before heading out to New Mexico on vacation and added it as a destination. Well worth the drive out to see it. We arrived in time for a guided tour that was very informative and well paced by a volunteer guide. Thought we might be up there an hour, ended up looking around for almost 2 with... More

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tucson
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Worth the mountainous drive through beautiful mountains. On the way to it drove from silver city through pinos altos on nm15 which takes about 2 hours but beautiful drive. On the way back headed east and came back via Mimbres. Equally beautiful, less mountainous drive. The cliff dwellings are about a short mile hike to and can enter the cliff... More

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Cedar Park, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Very scenic and interesting visit. It is a long drive back so make sure you have the time. I loved the hike, views, and learning about the history of the people who lived there. Now we want to visit Chaco Canyon.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Finally made the trip here after reading about it for years. The drive is quite spectacular and somewhat long especially if you stop to take pictures along the way but it is well worth it. If you don't want to make the whole trip in one day then there are places to camp along the way or at the Monument.... More

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