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May 22, 2008 - Gila Cliff Dwellings and Gila Hot springs

Listening to everyone's advise we took the longer, flatter route to the Gila Cliff Dwellings. The drive was easy, roads were excellent and the curvy mountain roads were not the white knuckle type! We stopped at several overlooks with clear blue skys, lots of wind and beautiful vistas. The Gila Cliff Dwelling National Monument was fasinating. Six caves with much of the original structures intact; most walls were reinforced by the Forest Service. There were 40 rooms in 6 caves, heavy soot on the ceilings of several caves. The walls didn't...

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May 19, 2006 - Gila National Forest

After the State Parks, I drove north to Gila National Wilderness to see cliff dwellings. On the way up the Mogollon mountains, I came upon Lake Roberts, so I had to look at it to see if I wanted to kayak on it for a little while. Nah - too much work to unload it, get geared up, then load it back up and get to the attraction further up the mountain, whatever it was going to be. Mogollon (Muggy-OWN) people lived in the forest way back in 100-400 AD - ruins were found proving this. Pueblo people built their homes in natural caves and lived in...

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May 1, 2006 - Cliff Dwellings

May 1, 2006 We arrived at Campbell's Gila Hot Springs RV Park early this afternoon and decided we still had time to visit Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument New Mexico. We unhooked the tracker and drove to the visitor's center. We hiked the mile long trail to the dwellings and back again. It was very hot and we had to take water with us. The elevation of our campground is 5,600' and the cliff dwellings are 6,000'. There were 14 rooms in the 13th century Indian Dwellings and all were built into caves. Some of the Dwellings were right on...

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Mar 22, 2006 - Welcome to New Mexico

Well we made it. Another crossing of a state line. We had to pass two mountain passes to do it! The first 20+miles was a gradual climb with a very fast downhill...35 mph. The second pass was 14 miles with a 10% grade!!! Several switch backs and at some point my speed was 3.6 mph. I didn't even know you could stay upright on your bike at that speed...but I'm here to tell you, you can. It took me 3 hours to do the 14 mile climb and only about 10 of us made the climb. The ride was 70 miles of climbing and the last 8 miles was downhill! The...

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