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New Mexico
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Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument credits Share the Experience, Christine White
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument Winter Solstice Sunrise at Gila Cliff Dwellings credits NPS/Janice Wei
Visitors enjoy panoramic views of the canyon and dwellings at Gila Cliff Dwellings.
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument Gila National Forest Approach to Gila National Mon credits NPS Photo/VIP Janice Wei
Winter wonderland along the Gila River
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument View of the Gila River Valley near Gila Cliff Dwel credits NPS Photo
The Oldest Wilderness Area in the United States Awaits.
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument A Place to Call Home credits NPS Photo
Most of the dwellings walls are original. Some even preserve a builders fingerprints that are over 700 years old.
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument credits Share the Experience, Christine White
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument Looking Back in Time credits NPS Photo
Tularosa Phase Mogollon people made these caves their home in the late 1200s.
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument Eroded Cliffs Along the Gila River credits NPS Photo/Janice Wei
As the first designated Wilderness Area, the Gila offers endless opportunites peaceful reflection.
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument Mogollon Cliff Dwelling with T Door credits NPS Photo
The T-shaped door suggests trade between Mogollon and Ancestral Puebloan.
GILA CLIFF DWELLINGS NATIONAL MONUMENT
GILA CLIFF DWELLINGS NATIONAL MONUMENT
Milemarker 43 New Mexico Highway 15
Silver City, New Mexico   88061
(lat:33.2273 lon:-108.2723)

Phone: 575-536-9461
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For thousands of years, groups of nomadic people used the caves of the Gila River as temporary shelter. In the late 1200's, people of the Mogollon Culture decided it would be a good place to call home. They built rooms, crafted pottery and raised children in the cliff dwellings for about twenty years. Then the Mogollon moved on, leaving the walls for us as a glimpse into the past.


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Passenger vehicles can drive north of Silver City, New Mexico to the monument on NM Hwy 15. The 46 mile trip can take up to two hours due to the narrow and mountainous curving nature of the road. Large RVs and vehicles pulling trailers should NOT use NM Hwy 15. From Silver City, take US Highway 180 to Santa Clara. Turn left onto NM Hwy 152 and drive to San Lorenzo. At San Lorenzo, turn left onto NM Hwy 35 and follow it to its termination at NM Hwy 15. Turn right on NM Hwy 15 and follow signs to the park.

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