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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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About 3 1/2 hours from Las Cruces, Gila is a great take when you are in the area. The drive out from Silver City is amazing as you go through winding roads through the mountains... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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East Freetown, Massachusetts
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East Freetown, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

About 3 1/2 hours from Las Cruces, Gila is a great take when you are in the area. The drive out from Silver City is amazing as you go through winding roads through the mountains. We went up Route 15 and it was stunning-though not for an RV. On the way back, we went 15 to 35 to 152 and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This is a great day trip if you are anywhere around Silver City, NM. About 35 miles north of town. There is a very nice visitor center, nice displays and a great book section if you are interested in area history or the south west region. After a short ride from the visitors center you arrive at the monument entry... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The ascent is worth it, but be fit, else don't try it. Drive there is outstanding. Get there early.

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

The drive up to the cliff dwellings is a long very windy mountainous 1 1/2 road. The views are breathtakingly beautful - but don't take your eyes off the road. The few guard rails along the way - I think are merely psychological barriers! The Cliff dwellings are covered by the National Park Service, but clearly this is one of... More 

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Canton, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

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

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

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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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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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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