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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 #53 of 710 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, AZ
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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19 reviews 19 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 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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89 reviews 89 reviews
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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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Glendale, Arizona
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

An easy to moderate one mile hike to enjoy the life and times of the Gila Indians as they lived 700 years ago. Be sure to stop at the visitors center for additional information. Worth the 30 mile scenic by-way drive to enjoy the beauty of SW New Mexico.

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Pocatello, Idaho
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

Short hike to the cliff dwellings. You get to go right up inside them. No official tours (i.e.self guided). In a beautiful setting. Well developed hot springs just outside the park

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Yes, the drive to and from this single point destination is long; count on 75 minutes to get there from Silver City. However, once there you'll forget the time it took to get there. The cliff dwellings are tucked away in a gorgeous little canyon with a pretty river trail to the dwellings. The caves themselves are fascinating. Take water... More

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Haddon Heights, New Jersey
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

I did a long journey of several national monuments and parks in New Mexico, and I can say all of them, but most especially this one, are beautifully preserved. Gila Cliff Dwellings, though, is an absolutely must-see, even if you have to travel far out of your way to get there.

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Fair Play, South Carolina
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Be prepared to drive on winding roads for 45 miles to get to this monument, but the trip is well worth it. Stop by the visitor center first and watch the short film about the people who built it. The trail to the dwellings is a mile long loop and going up is not that bad plus there are benches... More

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