Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, Gila

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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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  • The drive from Silver City is a bit difficult for the first 25 miles but once you get past the twisty roads, it is easier and definitely worth the trip. Getting to the cliff dwellings is not easy so....  more
    The drive from Silver City is a bit difficult for the first 25 miles but once you get past the twisty roads, it is easier and definitely worth the trip. Getting to the cliff dwellings is not easy so....  more »
  • It is a long and Winding dead end road to get to the Gila Cliff Dwellings, but the reward more than compensates for the effort. The visitors center has informative displays and a very good short... 
    It is a long and Winding dead end road to get to the Gila Cliff Dwellings, but the reward more than compensates for the effort. The visitors center has informative displays and a very good short...  more »
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  • Been more than a few years. It is not wise to make the drive back in to the dwelling from Silver City in a big motor home. You will regret it as your brakes will be smoking or possibly catch on fire. Too many hairpins and switch backs. Use a tow car or rental. I had a truck camper. My brakes squalled for 500 miles afterward. But I highly recommend a visit.
  • Enjoyed the hike to the dwellings. Part of it is closed due to construction but the 1 Mile back and in wasn't too strenuous. We took a backpack with extra water and it wasn't needed. Great rangers or volunteers to tell you about the hike and safety. Had plenty of vaulted toilets and a picnic area that was nice to have lunch.

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