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Gila Wilderness Area
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Mimbres
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Owner description: This is the first designated Wilderness Area in the world and encompasses 558,065 acres with over 700 miles of trails.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Beautiful country, wonderful summer climate.
Cliff Dwellings, Hot Springs. Great hiking, hunting and camping. Perfect for bikes of every kind.

Thank Jay R
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

This was a wonderful highlight to our trip to Silver City. I truly enjoyed everything about it. My husband and I took route 15 up to the dwellings and lets just say, "eeeeeeeekkkkkkk" There were times that the twists and turns were outrageous but we made it in a conversion van. (I knew we would be okay because I was driving). You will reach the visitor center first and then drive another mile up to the main parking area. The rangers will greet you and pass on pertinent information as you make the fee payment of the $3.00 a person (so worth it). You will cross a bridge and begin your hike up to the cliffs in a beautiful and serene setting. Please note it does incline and there are areas that have a drop, it is important to be careful of your footing as you are hiking up to the cliffs. There are benches along the way so if you need the break, take it. Once there you are truly in a magical place. To be able to step back in time and walk were these individuals did is...unbelievable. I actually had about 10 minutes of pure silence before anyone came in and had a moment to take it all in silence. Let's just say I was very humbled. When you are done exploring the caves you have the choice of going back down the stairs or actually taking the ladder down from the caves. I chose the ladder and lets just say thats a story for another time. The hike down was another 1/2 mile back to the parking lot, not a lot of benches and make sure of your footing. Overall, this is a worthwhile moment in your life to take.

1  Thank messnerpatricia
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

If you are used to thick green forest and humid climate you might be disappointed when hiking in the Gila wilderness, but if you love the Southwest of the US, you are in for a treat!
There is great hiking in the area and the best thing is to find a good hiking guide and choose a hike to your liking. We did a hike of about 11 miles and then combined it with visiting Gila Cliff Dwellings, which added a bit more climbing to our exercise.
We have been there twice, once in October and most recently in late April. In fall it was very beautiful with red & yellow leaves, but there was mud some places, and I vaguely remember getting caught in the rain as well. This time it was very dry and very cool in the morning. Considering the Gila wilderness area could be as high as 7000 feet, it has very comfortable weather in any season. However, when you hike up there the sun is very bright, and it is direct on you, so you need protection.
This time, in late April most of the wilderness area was rejuvenating from wild-fires so you often saw charred black trees against the deep blue sky, which was very beautiful. The burnt forest was very quiet except for an occasional rustle under dry leaves on the ground from a small lizard or such creature. I am sure there were bigger animals too, but we did not see or hear anything except for the wind blowing through charred tree trunks. There were also some areas with Ponderosa pines, still green, giving us much needed shade. Our 11 mile hike took us through little streams, where we had to take out boots off, which was a treat for our weary feet.
If you camp out in the area for several days make sure you go to Gila Cliff Dwellings. If you combine it with a hike and go to the visitor before seeing the Cliff Dwellings, it would be an educational calorie-burning experience! There are guides up on the cliff area to answer questions. The place closes at 4.30 p.m. It is very cheap, just $3 for adults.
On our way to Lake Roberts area we stopped by the Gold Rush café (which was part of the Continental Divide RV park) for a hamburger. The chef was very friendly and told us all about his grand kids who were coming to town for a family reunion, and also told us that the yummy French fries we ate were made by himself after slicing the potatoes then & there.
We stayed two nights at Lake Roberts Motel, which was also a delightful little place run by a couple from the area.
We took a hike around Lake Roberts and it took us just one hour. It was a serene little lake with a lot of little ducks entertaining the hikers. It seemed to be a good place to fish too by the number of people that we saw fishing.
If you come to the Land of Enchantment, a trip to the Gila wilderness is a must!

1  Thank SunnyW358
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

Hidden back in Gila Wilderness this Native American historical sight is worth the walk. The trails are well maintained but not suitable for all ages. The cliff dwellings are in great shape and should be on list for every history buff.

Thank JimH85641
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

A long winding road but worth it at least once. Really wonderful spot you can really imagine why they picked this spot

Thank Tomas88039
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