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 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 »
  • We stayed in Silver City and drove almost 2 hours to Gila National Forest enjoying the scenic views on the steep and winding road. It took us north into the mountains, climbing gently at first to...  more »
  • Almost gave it a 4 because of Covid, since we couldn't go into the dwellings, but I am sure if we could have it would have been a true 5! Unless you like winding, hilly roads, do not take the 15...  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.
  • An amazing step back in time. The hike is beautiful, the cliff dwellings fabulous and the volunteers are extremely helpful! The road to get there is crazy but well worth it, r especially if you are not the one driving!
  • Nice escape from life, work and stress. This is not a huge site but there is still plenty to see. It's a small hike up a trail. There is a ranger onsite for questions and to help if needed. Nearby campgrounds.
  • Really cool spot. Only a 1 mile loop trail to the cliff dwellings, very well maintained trail. Friendly, knowledgeable rangers at the stations and at the top. I got to the park early and did a few hikes around the area before the actual cliff dwellings hike. Day pass was $10. You can pay with cash or credit card at the main visitor station but only cash at the trailhead.

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