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Gila Wilderness Area

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Beautiful, worth the long and winding road to get there.

The cave dwellings are fascinating! The rivers and trails are awe-inspiring. Bring the right shoes... read more

Reviewed July 17, 2018
Columbia, Pennsylvania
Get lost in time

Going here to hike is great, because you can leave the city in just minutes and be in the... read more

Reviewed April 10, 2018
Placitas, New Mexico
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“winding road”(2 reviews)
This is the first designated Wilderness Area in the world and encompasses 558,065 acres with over 700 miles of trails.
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Gila National Forest - Wilderness Ranger District, Mimbres Station, HC 68, Box 50, Mimbres, NM 88049
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Reviewed July 17, 2018

The cave dwellings are fascinating! The rivers and trails are awe-inspiring. Bring the right shoes so you can just walk across the river and find the trail on the other side. It's so worth it.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank JuAnAn_12
Reviewed April 10, 2018

Going here to hike is great, because you can leave the city in just minutes and be in the wilderness. We hiked the turkey creek trail finding cool rocks. Little bit of a drive getting in, 4x4 to Turkey creek is highly recommended.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed March 14, 2018

The road thru the park is stunning but very curvy with some good hills to climb. The tall pines will take your breath away.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Robert B
Reviewed March 3, 2018

The Ponderosa savanna is so overgrown with trees that much of the wildlife that used to inhabit the area have left. Warning, do not try and travel that road in winter. You might be stuck there until spring, even if you have four-wheel drive.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Candy L
Reviewed November 20, 2017

It's hard to beat the Gila Wilderness for scenic beauty and solitude. This where you hide from the IRS! Lots of great trails, like the West and Middle Forks of the Gila River. Get out there and enjoy it.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Laurence1001
Reviewed September 16, 2017

I was on a road trip with my son (in his 20's) and came to the cliff dwellings from El Paso, leaving EP around 8 in the morning. Once we turned off the interstate, the drive became incredibly beautiful very quickly. Along the way we...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Kristine R
Reviewed June 22, 2017

I hiked up the Mimbres River trail. The first approximately four miles of the trail was clear and easy to follow. After that you start entering the area that was hit by a wild fire about four years ago, and the trail is very difficult...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Ry J
Reviewed September 20, 2016

It's amazing to explain to family that even though we're going to drive from El Paso to this location, the last 45 miles will take almost 2 hours. The road from Silver City to the Cliff Dwellings is amazing, I'm hoping to do it again...More

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank WishIWasInTexas
Reviewed September 7, 2016

The most beautiful place we have every been to. Absolutely gorgeous. We vacationed here and there was no end to the things to do and sights to see. The only negative was our stay at Lake Roberts Motel.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank auctune
Reviewed March 31, 2016 via mobile

The Gila Wilderness and Cliff Dwellings Natl Monument are an amazing joirney into nature and the past. The short hike across bridges which crisscross the river is punctuated by sightings of native flowers, lizards and multi colored butterflies flitting across your path. As you reach...More

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank Elizabeth W
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