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Gila Wilderness Area

Address: Gila National Forest - Wilderness Ranger District, Mimbres Station, HC 68, Box 50, Mimbres, NM 88049
Phone Number: 505-536-2250
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Mimbres
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Backpacking, Hiking, Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife, Camping, Horseback riding
Owner description: This is the first designated Wilderness Area in the world and encompasses 558,065 acres with over...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Backpacking, Hiking, Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife, Camping, Horseback riding
Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Owner description: This is the first designated Wilderness Area in the world and encompasses 558,065 acres with over 700 miles of trails.
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Negril, Jamaica
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The beautiful mountain drive from Silver City to the Cliff Dwellings takes about 2 hours, but once you get there you will be on your feet hiking and exploring for the next couple of hours. Keep in mind that the trailhead is not at the Visitor Center, but you must stop there to pay your fee and get directions. Leaving... More 

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Carefree
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261 reviews 261 reviews
53 attraction reviews
352 helpful votes 352 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is one of the last great unadulterated vast wilderness areas in the U.S. It is NOT commercialized like so many other so-called wilderness areas [like Sedona] that have private vendors and a police presence everywhere. The utter peace and tranquility you feel is otherworldly. I can honestly say that I haven't felt this level of deep peacefulness in many... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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51 reviews 51 reviews
9 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

The drive on Highway 152 from Hillsboro to Silver City was one of the most beautiful drives in North America. A wonderful drive through the mountains, with switchbacks and gorgeous views. This journey was a destination by itself with plenty of hiking trails. My wife and I had rented convertibles to take this drive, it was by far worth the... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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122 reviews 122 reviews
57 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

My husband and I took a drive from City of Rocks State Park and up to look at the Gila Cliff dwellings. We had no idea how beautiful the drive would be through the Mimbres Mountains. We definitely want to return here.

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No. Calif, East Bay
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Took a family of four here including 15 and 10 year old boys. The cliffs are amazing and the entire walk can be done in an hour or so but allow at least an hour and a half to take your time. Even better try to hook up with a Ranger tour where you will be presented with information that... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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50 reviews 50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

We followed the "Trail of the Mountain Spirits" starting in Silver City. This scenic byway twists and turns through the beautiful Gila National Forest. In the town of Pinos Altos, we enjoyed seeing the old saloon and opera house. At Lake Roberts, we were disappointed in the view-- not much water. At the nearby picnic area, though, we did see... More 

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NM
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Riding on a motorcycle thru the Gila was spectacular! The views are awesome, especially riding along the ridge between Pinos Altos and the Gila Cliff Dwellings. Lake Roberts is also very pretty. There are a few really nice places to stop along the way for food, drinks, and historic sites.

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Silver City, New Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

There is much more country here than you can ever cover, even by horseback. Besides the Cliff Dwellings and museum/visitors center, there is plenty of history, geology and archeology to keep you interested and entertained. Just ask around if you don't know where to go.

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Beautiful country, wonderful summer climate. Cliff Dwellings, Hot Springs. Great hiking, hunting and camping. Perfect for bikes of every kind.

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Pearce, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

This was a wonderful highlight to our trip to Silver City. I truly enjoyed everything about it. My husband and I took route 15 up to the dwellings and lets just say, "eeeeeeeekkkkkkk" There were times that the twists and turns were outrageous but we made it in a conversion van. (I knew we would be okay because I was... More 

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