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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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Surrounded by Gila National Forest and at the edge of Gila Wilderness, this...

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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Worth the drive

The drive from Silver City is twisty at points, but very beautiful, at some points driving through tall Ponderosa stands. The walk up to the Cliff Dwellings is steep, but short... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The drive from Silver City is twisty at points, but very beautiful, at some points driving through tall Ponderosa stands. The walk up to the Cliff Dwellings is steep, but short. I often use trekking poles, but did not need them here. The park staff was plentiful, well-informed and pleasant.

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Springfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's a little out of the way. You have to work at it to get up to the site. (I had a kid on my shoulders) Once you get up to the site and get to explore it's really neat. My kids were able to appreciate the contrast between life today and life then.

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Clementon, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The cave dwellings were really cool. You can go into them and there is a guided tour. The only negative is that you have to drive through Gila National Forest which is a very slow, winding road. If you like forests and things of that nature the drive isn't bad

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El Paso, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved visiting the Gila Cliff Dwellings for multiple reasons, the monument itself is great and there are a lot of hikes, hot springs and exploring that can be done in nearby areas. Keep in mind that the Visitor center is not the actual entrance to the monument, that is a bit farther up of a drive. Another thing to... More 

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Atlanta, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you have never visited Mesa Verde, this will be an amazing experience. If the kids are old enough to understand ancient civilizations, all the better. The hike was moderate in places and the volunteer was very informative about the people that lived here and how they managed to survive. Quite a drive...watch your time closely!

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A rare opportunity to visit the actual dwellings circa 1200 where people of the Mogollon Culture lived with their families in the cliffs. Helpful Park Rangers provided information about the culture and welcomed questions. This is a great place to bring children. Some climbing is involved but the hike is short and the area shaded.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Brought my 9 & 11 yr old...hike was not long to get to the cave dwellings, but there was some path steps to climb (rate the hike easy to moderate). Kids were completely intrigued by the caves & history!

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Marshalltown, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

We left Silver City about 2:15 PM, northbound on highway 15. Leaving town there is a big sign that says "Gila National Monument, 2 hours ahead, Park hours 9 am - 4 pm". We turned around and went back, and didn't get to the park. The hours are also posted on the NPS web site,so it's not a secret, but... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

This is a small gem at the end of a long and winding road. It is at least 2 hours of driving north of Silver City and those two hours, while very beautiful, require much concentration. It is no small amount of switchbacks driving to get to SCity itself. The walking trail up to the cliff dwellings is well marked,... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

While the drive to get there is slow and winding the reward at the end is worth it. The climb up can be a little demanding but the view is beautiful and the cliff dwellings are amazing.

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