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Gila Cliff Dwellings
Gila Cliff DwellingsGila Cliff Dwellings National Monument offers a glimpse of the homes and lives of the people of the Mogollon culture who lived in the Gila Wilderness from the 1280s through the early 1300s. The surroundings probably look today very much like they did when the cliff dwellings were inhabited. It is surrounded by the Gila National Forest and lies at the edge of the Gila Wilderness, the nation's first designated wilderness area. This designation means that the wilderness character of the area will not be altered by the intrusion of roads or other evidence of human presence.

From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, the Cliff Dwellings are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (enter by 5:00 p.m. and exit by 6:00 p.m.), and the Visitor Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The rest of the year, the Cliff Dwellings are open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and the Visitor Center is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Cliff Dwellings, trailhead Contact Station, are open every day of the year, which includes Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Day.  The Gila Visitor Center is open on Christmas Day. On New Year's Day, the Gila Visitor Center is closed, but the Contact Station and the Cliff Dwellings are open with the normally scheduled tours offered.

Summer guided tours of the Cliff Dwellings are offered daily at 1:00 p.m. During Winter operations, a single tour is offered at noon. Please note that the tours start at the Cliff Dwellings and it takes about a half hour to walk up to them from the trailhead. A self-guided tour is available at all times and an accompanying booklet is available at the the trailhead Contact Station.

Where is it?

Take State Highway 15 north from Silver City through historic Pinos Altos and into the Gila National Forest. Although the distance from Silver City is only 44 miles, the travel time is approximately two hours due to twisting and winding mountain terrain.

An alternative route from Silver City is along NM State Highway 35 and goes through the beautiful Mimbres Valley. Even though it is 25 miles longer than Highway 15, it is less winding, wider, more level, and easier to travel; therefore it takes about the same amount of time as State Highway 15. If your vehicle, travel trailer, or RV is over 20 feet in length, you should take Highway 35.
For information call (575) 536-9461

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