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Mar 1, 2017 - Gila Cliff Dwellings

People of the Upper Gila River. The ancient Puebloan people who built these cliff dwellings belonged to a larger tradition that included part of what is now Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and northern Mexico. The cliffs were something to see. We had to climb up a hill side on a path that was a mile long, and steep at places. We have been camping in the Gila National Forest at an altitude of 7740 feet. When we returned from the cliff dwellings there was SNOW flurries in the air. Something we didn't want to see. That night the news said that the...

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Feb 8, 2017 - Gila Cliff Dwellings

One of our goals, since we were so close, was to visit the Gila Cliff Dwellings, a distance of approximately 60 miles from City of Rocks. Along the way we passed the huge tailings pond. We later discovered that this was the Chino, or Santa Rita copper mine. It began operation in 1910, and has run continuously 24/7 ever since. It currently employs approximately 1035 workers. The last 38 miles to the monument took nearly 2 hours as it was a narrow, winding, but very scenic road. We almost thought we were back in Colorado! Along the way we...

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Fun between jobs

Apr 27, 2015 - Signal Peak Lookout Tower Hike

We needed to stretch our legs so we found a nice little hike to try today. North of Silver City and south of the Gila Cliff Dwellings is a trail that leads to the Signal Peak Lookout Tower. I also found out that there was a geocache along the trail - adds more fun to the hike! We trekked a total of 5.67 miles and had a change in elevation of about 1900 feet. It was a lot easier going back down the mountain than going up. When we started, it was cool, but dry. We had a few ominous clouds around and were watching for rain. We did get some...

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Where RV Now?

Apr 5, 2015 - Gila Cliff Dwellings, Rose RV Park

One of our sightseeing forays was to the Indian ruins at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. If you think driving Old Fall River Road to the Visitor Center on Trail Ridge Road in Colorado is exciting, let me invite you to drive the road to Gila. Over 18 hairpin turns on a narrow road with no center stripe and a deep valley on one side! Whew! It took us one hour and a half to go 45 miles. Every time you went around a curve, you prayed real hard that no one was coming! It was a deja vu moment--a flashback from the road thru Buffalo State...

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New Mexico, Again

Oct 14, 2014 - Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

It is only 50 miles on Hwy 15 but it takes 2+ hours to get there. Very scenic winding highway. Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument Wikipedia

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May 16, 2014 - Gila Cliff Dwellings

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is located in the Gila Wilderness within the Gila National Forest. I stayed in the old mining town of Silver City, NM. The 42 mile drive up/down mountains from Silver City to the Gila Cliff Dwellings was a narrow, full of 'S' curves, NO center line, county road(15). But, it was paved! No way I could have brought the HH. The drive was beautiful! The scenery of the mountains and Canyon Lake were absolutely breathtaking! Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument offers a glimpse of the homes and lives of...

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2014 RV Adventure

Nov 2, 2013 - Gila Cliff Dwellings, NM

Day 82 - Gila Cliff Dwellings, NM 11/2/2013 We headed out today with Ricky to the Cliff Dwellings, we wore his mom out yesterday, so she stayed home today. Also, I forgot to mention yesterday that the truck went over 100,000 miles. Anyway, on the way up, we stopped at a copper mine to check it out. Pretty interesting. It took several hours to get, but once we got there, we headed up the mountain on foot. It was a long hike up, but we really enjoyed seeing the dwellings when we got there. It was a good day. Tomorrow we will be back on the...

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2013 Fall Colors

Jan 18, 2013 - condo's in cliffs

This is just a warning that today's blog is going to be a lengthy one as it was such a wonderful day and we want to share everything about it with you (lucky you!). We woke early (pre 8AM) and headed off on a 3 1/2 hour drive to the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. Our drive took us through the usual dry, brown desert (if you squint you can see Clint Eastwood riding the range like he did in all those dusters). Then the road turned up into the hills and started narrowing & getting twisty. We went through Hillsboro, which is a town on...

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Mar 1, 2012 - Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

Mar 1 Today we visited Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. The monument lies just 44 miles north of Silver City and there are two different roads to get you there. We decided to make a loop and headed out of town just a little ways from our RV park. The road is narrow and 2 lanes for the first 5 miles, then it reduces to just one lane for the next 20 miles. We gradually climbed to nearly 8,000’ and at that elevation there was still snow. Eventually we topped out and rode the ridgeline before descending into the canyon below. Our first...

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Jan 13, 2011 - WSMR RV - Gila Cliff Dwelling NM and many others

Today we decided to head off to the northwest to explore Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. Checked out the map and felt it would be a full day with many things to see along the route to add to the interest of the National Monument (NM). First mistake: not adhering to our usual way of doing things; always go to the furthest point and work our way back from there! Second mistake: not realizing the distance to the places we wanted to see would involve windy, hairpin, 20 mph mountain roads to traverse! And, third mistake: NOT leaving...

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Nov 2, 2009 - Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

Well, after yesterday's fiasco, we finally managed the 100 miles to the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. The landscape changes alone were worth the hours we spent on the motorcycle. We went from the mind-numbing boredom of I-10 and US 80 to the ambiance of NM 61 and then the breathtaking, mountainous, treeful beauty of NM route 15 as the leaves begin to change color. When we got to the monument, we hiked uphill through mixed young forest, alongside a running creek that feeds the Gila River below. The Indians who lived here 800 years...

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Mar 20, 2009 - Gila Cliff Dwellings

We started the day by heading 50 mile north to the Gila National Forest. The National Forest is 3,300,000 acres and includes the Gila Wilderness area at 558,000 Acres and the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument covering 533 Acres. The Cliff Dwellings were discovered in 1878 by a prospector and were first protected in 1907 by Teddy Roosevelt, in order to protect them from damage and vandalism. The site has had human occupation for thousands of years and was occupied by the Mogollon’s from 1250 AD to 1300 AD. They were responsible for the...

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