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Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

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Address: Highway 15 / 35, Gila National Forest, NM 88061
Phone Number: +1 575-536-9461
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Gila Cliff Dwellings A View Into The Past

The drive is beautiful but goes through some steep grades through the mountains. Take time to explore the surrounding Gila National Forest area. I camped at the Upper Campground I... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The drive is beautiful but goes through some steep grades through the mountains. Take time to explore the surrounding Gila National Forest area. I camped at the Upper Campground I could hear water running in a nearby creek. The hike was easy with a mild incline. The views from the rooms were amazing. It was so neat to see how... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fairly easy hike to the cliff dwellings. Stunning scenery and geology. The trail is well marked and only moderately steep in a couple of places. The dwelling are well preserved. A park volunteer is at the dwellings to answer any questions. 500 years after the dwellings were abandoned, the great Indian Chief Geronimo was born in the area.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place to visit. The only drawback is the road getting there. It is like "The Road to Hana" in Maui! Once you get there you hike up a tree covered canyon with a stream running thru it to the cliff dwellings.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

The drive from Silver City takes a little over an hour due to the winding roads, some of which do not have a center lane marker. Drive slow and enjoy the views along the way. There are numerous spots and historical markers you can stop at along the way. You'll also pass through Gila Hot Springs that has a cute... More 

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Taos, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

You take Route 15, a very twisty ride that's short in distance but long in duration to arrive at the end of a box canyon where you hike to a spectacular cliff dwelling of the Mogolon People. This ruin is in very good shape, with about 80% of what you see being original. I've been here twice and, arriving early... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

We drove up to the entrance to the trail that led us up to the cliff dwellings built by the ancient Puebloan people who built the dwellings between 1276 and 1287. There is a one mile loop trail and the cliff dwelling are about half way up the trail. It is absolutely astonishing to see these caves and to try... More 

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Bellaire, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

We thought that the drive to the cliff dwellings on HWY 15 was a great part of the trip. The scenery was beautiful. The hike to the cliff dwellings is somewhat strenuous. I am old and fat but ,with stops along the way, it was doable. Once you are at the dwellings, there are three pretty good size rooms and... More 

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

I wasn't expecting Gila Cliff Dwellings NM to be nearly as impressive as it was. The drive up NM 15 from Silver City is not particularly difficult, but the road does make a lot of twists and turns, so progress is pretty slow. I think it took us about 90 minutes to make the 45 mile trip. Watch out for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

Allow plenty of time for your drive from Silver City (approx 2hrs) as the scenery is so fantastic it would be a shame to rush,we spotted a Javelina crossing the road on the way up.The visitor center is not at the cliff dwellings but only a mile away and is very informative,pack your camera and a bottle of water and... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

You will be treated to stunning scenery as you travel thru the Gila Wilderness. Fantastic for motorcycle riders! The area around the monument is a beautiful river valley with some private campgrounds. A stunning walk along a creek leads you up the trail to the cliff dwellings. Just take your time, it is a little strenuous but well worth the... More 

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