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Gila's Trail to the Past is a 0.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Pinos Altos, New Mexico that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and nature trips and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 0.4 mi Elevation gain 16 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Cave

Views

Wildlife

Historic site

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Getting There

Short hike to cliff dwelling ruins and pictographs. From the trailhead, after reading the sign go east to the first T-junction. Turn left and go to the next sign. Proceed up the trail to a 4-way junction. Turn right and continue up the hill. When finished exploring the ruins, return back down the trail past the T-junction. Further down the trail is another sign below pictographs. Return back on the trail and turn left at the T-junction to the parking area.

No cell service. Rangers & Phones at visitor center & Cliff Dwelling

From Silver City drive north on Hwy-15 for about 40 miles to enter the Gila National Forest. Continue on the highway another 3 miles to a left turn. Turn left and continue 1.5 miles to the Lower Scorpion Campground parking area. The trailhead is to the right of the kiosk. Look for a paved walkway with signs. Water and restrooms are available at the trailhead.

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Michael Barber
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Hiking

Short shaded walk from Lower Scorpion camp. Neat small two room dwelling with a few pictoglifs and really cool larger glif wall the opposite way.

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patriciajeanne2 .
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Hiking

Starts right at the campground. It was pretty, but very short.

larry waltzer
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More easy then moderate. Don't miss the pictographs. Very well preserved

Steve Benoit
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Walking

Very enjoyable short walk, watch out for the buzz worms (rattlesnakes) saw two on this short walk.

Kevin Eddy
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Hiking
First to Review

It's a short hike from the campground at the trailhead to a small cliff dwelling. You can go in the dwelling (I took a nap). I was there right after the big fire in 2011. The trail area was only lightly burned, so I imaging it is back to the green condition shown in the photos; it is easy enough, with only a few steep parts. I only went as far as the cliff dwelling, however, the trail continues up the canyon.

Patricia Rall
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cathy nelson
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S Photohiking
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Jim Bloodworth
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Robert A.
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Kari Workman
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Bobby Winner
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Robert Neal
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John Browning
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Kenny Donovan
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