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Easy hike for our four year old. awesome Cliff dwellings

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3 days ago

Easy trail! Take sun protection.

Enjoyed this hike very much! Very few people! Hiked up to Gomez peak while doing the loops, great views from the top!

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5 days ago

Very fun trail, easy walking and worth the hike to the end where it lets into a beautiful canyon with a large river crossing. We will definitely revisit this one

Nice trail. Well kept and the cliff dwellings were cool. It was nice that there were trails inside so we could go in the dwellings.

Went in December. Water crossings very cold. followed the trail waypoints on the all trails map, got to the end, started to get dark, couldn't find the hotspring. If you have a medium clearance vehicle and some common sense the road is tame. Only at the end of the road there are a few deep ruts. Saw 5 wild turkeys and got growled at by something that sounded like a mountain lion.

Pretty walk up to the cliff dwellings, loved checking them out.

You will have to cross the river several times, approximately 20, in winter the water is very cold.

2 months ago

Nice

great day hike

Great trail, no see wildlife but lots of tracks, hikers camp at Gila river intersection is excellent. Beautiful area

Looking forward to going back with some friends and family.

Nice scenic trail, end of Oct ,30s low- 65 to 75 highs, no dogs allowed, amazing history of Cliff Dwellings

Aside from the piece of shit yelling "LINDA" for an hour strait, it was pretty cool. Next time you lose someone dude, GO LOOK FOR THEM. You pretty much ruined the serenity of this spot for everyone. Expect to see a lot of people on this trail during the weekend. Hot springs are more warm than hot.

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3 months ago

My daughter chose this trail for my friend from New Zealand and us today. We started late and it was very sunny and hot the first 3 miles. The end of the trail was lunch and some wading in The Gila.. Absolutely fantastic scenery and an easier hike back as it is mostly downhill.

Great Hike went in at 1:30pm was hot the 1st 2 miles in with no shade, then once you get past the 2 mile marker it gets better. Stayed overnight at the springs and hiked out in the AM. No snakes but did see fresh cougar tracks.

watch out for rattlesnakes, they are out there, be careful.....my fourth time out here, and its the first time we saw one , happy trails

4 months ago

We enjoyed this short, well maintained trail to the dwellings. Lots of flora along the trail along with the beautiful views. One can only imagine how difficult life must have been.

on Dragonfly Trail

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4 months ago

Very nice hike for all ages , better during cooler months or overcast days because of lack of shade

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4 months ago

We did this hike in early June and saw quite a few day hikers along the trail .
Probably better during cooler months due to lack of shade in sections

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4 months ago

We did this hike in mid August not as shuttle but halfway in and out one week then from the other end the next week halfway in and out . Easy terrain for all ages

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4 months ago

Did this hike in early September with a party of four and only saw one other hiker
This trail has a steady uphill grade to the summit with picnic table and a park type grill near fire lookout tower

Early September 2018. Great hike! We started at 2pm and got to the Hot Springs around 5:45pm after taking a few of breaks. The hike starts out with a gradual uphill for about 1 hr, then 1hr downhill into a canyon until you reach the fork of Little Bear Canyon and Middle Fork. No water in the first twi hours. Though the hard copy map shows to not cross Middle Fork yet, it seems like that trail hasn’t been used in a while, cross it and just follow it, all the way around. It then took us almost 2 hours to reach the hot springs. The only hard thing was that we didn’t know how far we were going and even though it’s all flat, you are slowed down the river crossings. Once we got there all the good flat camp spots were taken, but we found a good one nested up in the river bank, so we camp here. Went into the hot springs in the morning (very nice in the beginning, then they were warm) and then took off. We got lucky, no storms while we were there, though you could see them creeping nearby. It seems as if these thunderstorms are unpredictable. We did get stuck in a hail storm the night before but this was 30-40min out from the Visitor’s Center on highway 15. The Middle Fork water was fine, we brought aquamira drops and used them a few times. The water was clear. Note that water is used upstream. No signs of bears, cougars, nor wolves. Only birds, squirrels, and lots of frogs. Would definitely come back to do more than one night. Have fun!

Absolutely stunning. Worth the river crossings and feels good after hiking for a bit. Pack hiking shoes and then sandals along with poles to help with the cross.

I loved it!

It’s an interesting hike because you’re going through a diverse scenery on your way to the springs. However be warned, you will be wading through the Gila river multiple times, at least knee deep

Short hike on a well-marked trail of a moderate incline, lots of stone steps. My 2yo did the hike up to the cliff dwellings today. What a fascinating site to visit. We love learning more ancient indigenous cultures. Currently described as “ancient Puebloan of the Mogollon area.” My husband notes the significance of a keyhole window which is a rare building feature to see. The views are great looking out from the dwellings. A must-do visit for people of all ages, particularly history/archaeology interests.

hiking
4 months ago

This is my favorite trail in the Gilas. The trail starts out pretty exposed but once you get into the canyon there is plenty of shade. The slot canyon portion is super cool and the creek crossings were small enough to stay dry. We had our dogs off leash and we barely saw anyone until we reached the Gila River. The dogs had a blast at the river which had plenty of water. That river crossing is very significant and you will get your boots wet. We did this hike as a day hike and an out and back. The Gila River has plenty of camping opportunities and we would like to come back for an overnight trip, taking the Middle Fork trail back.

It's a good beginner trail. Or pleasure style of trail. Very flat with minimal sights of much. I did enjoy the loop, and not having to walk the same trail back. The trail took about 45 minutes for me. Overall very well maintained and great for someone who doesn't want to spend all day walking.

Lovely trail along the Gila River. Definitely a trail we’ll be coming back to.

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