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Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

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Address: Highway 15 / 35, Gila National Forest, NM 88061
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+1 575-536-9461
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Dwellings closed, visitor center open

We knew before we went that the Dwellings were closed but decided to check out the VC. Glad we did. Long drive and beautiful. Snowed some. As we approached the VC we encountered a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We knew before we went that the Dwellings were closed but decided to check out the VC. Glad we did. Long drive and beautiful. Snowed some. As we approached the VC we encountered a large group of local people holding their annual New Year's Day parade. Fun! The VC tells the story of the Dwellings and it's inhabitants very well.... More 

Thank SaguaroJoe
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

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 

Thank TheRoadToAdventure
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016 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.

Thank Cheezman
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016 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 

Thank lrohler1984
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 

Thank Christopher M
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 

Thank Jeanne A
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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