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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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MUST SEE NATIONAL MONUMENT

I'm going to start out this review by saying that I am not a big fan of the governments National Monument program. That being said, I've got to tell you, this was a really great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

I'm going to start out this review by saying that I am not a big fan of the governments National Monument program. That being said, I've got to tell you, this was a really great place to visit! I've lived in the soutwest most of my adult life. That is pushing 40 years of living here. As a pilot of... More 

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The drive to get to the Cliff Dwelling visitors center is long, windy, and sometimes harrowing. However, it's totally worth it! The visitors center has a short movie about the Mogollon who lived there, and they have some free booklets for kids to take. This monument has a junior and senior ranger program, so everyone in the family can get... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

This place is special. Unlike Mesa Verde, which is a dead ruin, it feels like Native Americans just left a week or two ago and might be back soon. The soot on the ceiling from many fires tells a story of people gathering, probably cooking, telling stories, gossiping, laughing. This place gives the answer to the question, "Why would you... More 

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Cedaredge
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Our experience at the monument was great. The 1/2 mile hike through the dwellings is worth the drive to the monument. The volunteers were so helpful. We really appreciated the free dog kennels available at the trail head. There is a $3 fee per person fee but with a Senior Pass myself and 2 other adults were free. We had... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

This National Park is another wonderful treasure preserved for the ages. The Visitors' Center has a superb video that describes the setting, history and archaeology of the site. All visitors should make a point of seeing the video before making the hike ot the Cliff Dwellings. We had planned to visit during an afternoon but had also read that winds... More 

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Berkeley, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We visited Gila Cliff Dwellings as a day trip from Silver City. It is well worth the long, scenic drive to see these impressive ruins. The trail to reach them is well maintained. There are knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteers who explain each of the sites.

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East Freetown, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

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

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

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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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Address: Address: Highway 15 / 35, Gila National Forest, NM 88061
Phone Number: 575-536-9461
Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)

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