Drive from silver through Pinos Altos and enjoy the winding road with abundance of hiking trails, wildlife, deer,turkey montezuma quail and arrive at intersection with nm 35. Continue on and enjoy the beautifull scenery from the high ridges of the Gila river valley below. Arrive at the cliff dwellings and if you never went any farther you have had a great trip The dwellings are uncrowded in Feb and a nice walk will take you up to experience them. Although the dwelings are small they are well worth the trip. We returned to Silver City via the lower Mimbres Valley.stopped for lunch at a forest service picnick spot ( restrauntes are closed in Feb.) and had a great return trip. If you like traffic and busy roads this trip is not for you.
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