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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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Short hike in the Gilas

Nice easy hike to get to the Cave Dwellings (only a couple steep areas). The caves themselves are more interesting once the ranger on duty starts pointing out the different... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Las Cruces, New Mexico

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Nice easy hike to get to the Cave Dwellings (only a couple steep areas). The caves themselves are more interesting once the ranger on duty starts pointing out the different "rooms" and cave paintings.

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Roswell, New Mexico, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Wow!!! What a great experience, this is quite possibly the best site I have ben to in New Mexico. You actually get to walk through the dwellings, not just take pictures of them from afar.

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Dexter, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

For people of all ages. The volunteers at the dwellings know all about it and are wonderful about answering questions. I recommend going early in the morning, the hike to the dwellings isn't bad, but in the summer afternoon, would be very hot. It took 2 hrs to drive there from Silver City, you can't go much more than 25mph... More 

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Havre de Grace, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

No doubt the 40+ drive along 15N to get to the site will test your patience and nerves at times, but this site is just spectacular in many ways. Do your homework, and prepare for this site. The drive itself will take you 2hrs. If there is any chance of lightning, they will close the access trail to the ruins.... More 

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Evanston
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We were met by indifferent park rangers who barely acknowledged our visit. No offer to watch the video. We walked through the exhibit which was well done but limited as the site had been looted by the time it became protected.

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Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Very interesting and well maintained cliff dwellings from about 1000 years ago. You can still find some corn cobs some 100 years old. Beautiful area with a stream gurgling thru and possibilities for having a real quiet, relaxing trip.

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Warrensburg MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

A lesser-visited site that requires a pretty good climb to reach from the parking lot. This place is unusual in that one can get a close up look at the interior of rooms. It was a smaller settlement than most of the ones we can visit. The hike up to the ruins takes you thru a wooded creek canyon, then... More 

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Florida Keys, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

The drive to the Cliff area was beautiful. A very windy road with breathtaking views of the area. The Gila Cliffs was a pleasant short hike from the Ranger station. Knowledge staff. The dwelling were what I imagined they would be. I was pleasantly suprised because you could go into the ruins.

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Austin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Stunning site in a beautiful canyon, but you have to want to get here - Highway 15 is a curvy, sight-filled road, but you cannot go over 30 miles per hour on most of it. Which is great, because it makes this National Monument more secluded and not over-run with people.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

The drive to the monument is along beautiful winding roads on which travelers can see beautiful forests and cliff views. The staff at the monument is very knowledgeable and excited to share that knowledge. The ruins themselves are fascinating, with good descriptions and a volunteer at them that obviously loves to tell the story of the place.

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Address: Highway 15 / 35, Gila National Forest, NM 88061
Phone Number: 575-536-9461
Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)

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