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“gila natl forest” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
Highway 15 / 35, Gila National Forest, NM 88061
575-536-9461
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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.
Soldotna, Alaska
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“gila natl forest”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

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.

Visited February 2014
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Longmont, Colorado
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“Must See”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

The Gila Cliff Dwellings are very remote but oh so worth the trip. The accessibility of the dwellings themselves, once you hike in, is amazing. The Rangers and volunteers are exceptional and very in tune with the area. Go to the Visitor Center first and view the film, then go to the dwellings and hike in -- you will not be disappointed. Take a lunch with you, there is no food at the Visitor's Center or trailhead. There is a small store a few miles before you get there but don't depend on it for much real food.

Visited February 2014
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New York City, New York
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“Interesting site”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014 via mobile

These cliff dwellings are interesting and would make a great day trip for someone living in the Silver City area. However, for a tourist passing by the area I don't think these caves justify the long diversion from the highway. You have to drive a long time along this scenic but winding and difficult to navigate mountain road. The caves are nice and the guides are friendly and informative but I just didn't feel it was worth the extra 3 or 4 hours.

Visited January 2014
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New York City, New York
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“Off season visit is best”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Came here during what they considered is the "off" season and had the site nearly to ourselves. There were 4 people way ahead of us on the trail and a couple way behind us. Had plenty of opportunities to take pictures where it looked like we were the only ones here.

It does get warm in the sunshine even in December but once in the shade, the temperature drops about 10-20 degrees. Incredible differential.

The visitor center has a guidebook you can borrow to help ID what you're looking at based on the numbered signs. You could buy it for $1 if you like.

Visited December 2013
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Tucson, Arizona
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“Go back in time - over 700 years”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

These cave dwellings were built up - then abandoned - between 1270 and 1300, and there is something magical about the site. The drive from Silver City -- about 45 miles of mountainous road -- is gorgeous. We even saw a lynx! When we arrived, staff and volunteers were friendly and helpful, and despite this being a beautiful fall Friday, we were the only visitors. This site makes the trip to Silver City worthwhile -- it's a very special place.

Visited November 2013
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