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Gila Cliff Dwellings Trail is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pinos Altos, New Mexico that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.

Length 1.1 mi Elevation gain 285 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Walking

Views

Historic site

Fee

No dogs

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NOTE: As of April, 2020, users have reported that the caves are accessible but more than half of the trail is closed. Please consult the park's website before visiting. A very historic site and an easy hike. It's amazing that the dwellings are in good condition after 700 years, even the wood used in the original construction is still intact. Highly recommended to visit if planning a trip to the Gila National Forest. The visitors center is located at the start of the hike. There's an outdoor kennel on site that you can keep your dogs in during the hike. The cost is $3.00 per person, change is a only available at the visitor center 2 miles up the road. No food or candy allowed on the trail.

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, HC 68 Box 100 Silver City, NM 88061 Visitor Information (575) 536-9461

From the town of Silver City, take NM 15 north. The road winds its way for a total of 44 miles, and a sign near the beginning notes that to get to the cliff dwellings may take as much as two hours. Trailers over 20 ft are not recommended. At about 24.9 of the 44 miles, you come to the junction with NM 35. Continue on 15. At about 41.3 miles, a sign indicates the Cliff Dwellings to the left. After turning left, the road dead ends at the Cliff Dwellings Trail parking lot in about a mile.

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Stefan Zollner
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Eric Dillemuth
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Super easy trail. The Dwellings are awesome and only take about 20-30 mins to get thru.

Caroline Crafton
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This was a perfect family hike with our kids (10 & 12). We went right as they opened and there were only a few other hikers there. The whole hike took one hour. We left our dog at home as we couldn’t really picture what the kennels would be like, so I snapped some photos in case it’s helpful. They are located in a shady spot under a bridge, close to the ranger at the main entrance.

George Marquez
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Nice trail half shaded with plenty of rest stops.

Kinzie Roundy
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This trail was everything we expected. A fun little hike, and the ruins were fascinating. Our kids loved seeing everything, and the park ranger was awesome answering all of their questions and pointing out cool features. Being able to get up close to 800 year old dwellings was amazing. The hike is about 1/2 in shade, with over 10 fun little bridges to cross over the creek below. Stone stairs help you climb the height to the dwellings and back down again. You use a ladder to climb down out of the cliff dwellings. Pretty flowers along the path. An added benefit was that they had a free kennel under the main bridge (in the shade) at the trailhead for our dog, as pets aren’t allowed on this trail. We were traveling cross country and had her with us, so this was the perfect solution to our dilemma!

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Thomas Smith
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Cliff dwellings remain accessible, however the trail is mostly closed. Gorgeous area. Note that the road through city of rocks and mimbres is in far better condition and much easier to drive. The road out of Silver is paved, but very narrow and winding. Pretty drive though.

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Robert Herzog
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The caves are accessible but more than half of the trail is closed. Being in the caves must throw of the GPS and it has some ghost recordings. There is water available at the trail head.

A Dakin Dawson
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Fun trail with amazing cultural significance regarding cliff dwellings and good exercise. Really pleasant time of the year to hike here, March 1. Only a few muddy spots on trail, which was in very good condition.

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Sara Skees
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Lindsay Johnson
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Pretty easy hike/walk with lots of forest around. The cliff dwellings are amazing to see and explore! Keep an eye out for hieroglyphs!

Teenuh Sea
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Amazing hike. Super easy, but lots of stairs. My 2 year old hiked the whole thing on his own. The History is really amazing to see!

Kyle P
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Hiking

Easy & pretty hike to see the ruins. A better national monument than Tonto or Montezuma, as the ruins are bigger and you can walk in the cave.

Michael Barber
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Nice hike on a very well maintained trail. Ranger Blake was awesome and a wealth of knowledge, history and cool stories. We loved it. Come early to beat the heat!

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Misty Dodson
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Easy hike. The elevation gain isn’t bad yet in 90° weather it kind of gets ya. Loved the views, history and the Park Rangers were very informative and polite.

Francisco Trujillo
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Shannon Towne
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Easy hike up to the ruins. Very interesting!

Wade Mcmahan
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Easy yet really cool because of the ruins and history.

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Tony Castillo
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This easy hike has it all. 10 bridges that’s cross cross the stream to the dwellings. Shade-a-plenty and history. 10$ fee is a bit much if you ask me. From the parking area the cliff dwellings are 190 feet above. The trail has many scenic areas for photos and a benches if you need a quick breather. Don’t ask who JJ Bull is , nobody knows. From silver city it’s a legit 2 hour drive through the mountains. Great drive though!

Wallace Connell
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Easy hike for our four year old. awesome Cliff dwellings

Waris Anderson
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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.

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

Jerry Gutierrez
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Looking forward to going back with some friends and family.

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

Terry M.
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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.

Amber Grove
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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.

Jason Martin
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We went in late April on a whim and enjoyed near perfect temperatures, as well as free admission. As others have noted, they don't allow food or gum, only water. They recommend carrying extra water and stuff, but it's a very short, easy hike with only one small section of elevation gain. The trail is well marked and the archeological site is pretty well preserved. The volunteers do a nice job of giving interpretations along the trail, and if you ask, they'll tell you some good stories about the burn scar as well. Definitely worth a small detour, though a quick stop at the visitor center doesn't hurt either. Be aware of the limited hours of opening as well.

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Great short hike to the dwellings. Look out for wild flowers and lizards hiding in the rocks along the path. A sun hat/sun screen is recommended as there is very little shade. The volunteer ranger at the dwellings was great! Filled with knowledge and super friendly. :) The drive near there is very scenic and enjoyable as well.

Cindy Keller
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It's a shame this trail's so short! It's beautiful. After you cross the bridge, you'll walk through a canyon by a creek. There's a couple of bridges to walk across. You get a photo op of the cliff dwellings, then a climb up to them. There's a ranger on duty to answer questions. After viewing the dwellings, you walk along the cliff. Then descend back to the bridge.

Salvador A.
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Magical place

Sandra Kinzer
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Amazing! The first cliff dwellings I've been to. We got a tour of the dwellings from a volunteer guide, then looped back along the creek.

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