Gila's Trail to the Past

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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.

0.4 miles
16 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips




historic site

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.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

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

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

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

Friday, June 29, 2012

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.

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