Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, Gila

#14 of 122 in Nature in New Mexico
Must see · National Park · Historic Site
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is a U.S. National Monument created to protect Mogollon cliff dwellings in the Gila Wilderness on the headwaters of the Gila River in southwest New Mexico. The 533-acre (2.16 km2) national monument was established by President Theodore Roosevelt through executive proclamation on November 16, 1907. It is located in the extreme southern portion of Catron County. Visitors can access the monument by traveling northbound from Silver City, New Mexico, 45 miles (72 km) on NM 15.

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  • I have been to the cliff dwellings in Colorado, but here we got to actually go inside and see how they lived. Note to self--there is some climbing involved so if you are elderly, you should be in...  more »
  • The Cliff Dwellings are pretty awesome and are on par with Mesa Verde (only smaller). You can get up close and personal and get a decent workout while you're at it! Lots of great scenery and photo...  more »
  • The Gila Cliff Dwellings are one of numerous dwellings within the Gila Wilderness. At the end of the monument parking lot you can access the West Fork of the Gila trail (Trail 151). Hike in on a well maintained trail brings you to the lesser known 3-Mile Dwelling (unoriginally named after how far it is located from trail head). Bring water and sunscreen as before you enter the West Fork Gila River canyon of incredible rock formations, there is a nice walk through open meadows and forest that is proposed to be designated Wild and Scenic River. Grapevines and wild raspberries abound. Hike in further to reach more dwellings in cliffs and Hell's Hole.
  • So cool! Dogs are not allowed on the path but there are free kennels that you can leave them in, and a ranger at the beginning of the path that makes sure people know the rules, pay the $10 fee, and can keep an eye on the dog. Really amazing to see and definitely worth it, particularly if you have your America the Beautiful pass. Lots of free campgrounds nearby with vault toilets, pack your own water/trash.

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