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“Gila Wilderness and Cliff Dwellings”

Gila Wilderness Area
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Mimbres
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Owner description: This is the first designated Wilderness Area in the world and encompasses 558,065 acres with over 700 miles of trails.
Reviewed 3 December 2012

The Gila Wilderness area is a National Forest that is very accessible and yet large enough that you can hike/ drive to very remote areas. The Cliff Dwellings are a part of the Wilderness Area. People are putting reviews of the entire Wilderness Area based solely of their experience of the Cliff Dwellings. The dwellings are a sight to see if you have a day to explore. The drive is long, and you are traveling through the Gila National Forest, hence making the Forest Area very large for hiking, hunting, and camping. I highly recommend the Gila Area if you are interested in these activities.

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Reviewed 6 November 2012

Our volunteer ranger/guide, Mr. Hanson, made this trip worthwhile. It is 42 miles one-way from Silver City, a whole lot of curves and elevation changes (all paved), about 1.7 hours going in, slightly less coming out. We were there off season, during peak travel times it would be much slower due to oncoming traffic and narrow lanes. The dwellings were pillaged by local ranchers, burned by the US Cavalry, and poorly used by an anthropologist who dug up piles of artifacts and then died before he could report on the artifact locations and placements. You need to use your imagination and have a great guide like we had to make this all worthwhile. I guess because they see so few folks the volunteer ranger staff are beyond outstanding. This is not as well preserved as Mesa Verde nor as spectacular as Canyon De Chelly, but worth the trip. There is a half mile walk with several hundred feet of elevation to get to the dwellings, some graveled pathways and many steps cut into rock.

Thank oldpo
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Reviewed 10 October 2012

This area, which includes the Cliff Dwellings, is EXTREMELY REMOTE. Unless you are starting from Mimbres, Deming, Lake Roberts, or Silver City, plan on a half-day motor vehicle travel time, and camping. There is a small authorized campsite close to the Dwellings, some more improved sites and small store on the outskirts of this area, several very primitive sites on the rivers, but plan on packing it in & out, EVERYTHING. Leave no trace! I've camped here with my family on a few occasions, along with some day visits (staying in Mimbres) and it is positively wonderful. If you like camping, being away from it all, and communing with nature, this is the place to come! I highly recommend it!

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Reviewed 2 October 2012

We used NM 15 from Silver City to the Gila Cliff Dwelling site. It is a great drive for sport cars and motorcycles...no RVs....Takes about two hours for the 40 mile run...plenty of 10-25 mph double backs. My wife is disabled, but had not been at the cliff dwellings since a child and really wanted to see them again. We made it but it was exhausting for her. The trail is steep with many stone steps. I would love to do it again; however, it was really too much for the wife. I would not recommend this for the elderly or disabled.

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Reviewed 20 August 2012

Did not expect to be so out in the middle of nowhere with such beautiful surroundings. We were just traveling through and stayed one night. We thought it was just a short cut from Santa Fe to Phoenix, but what a short cut it was!!! The landscape kept changing, elevations kept changing, wild flowers everywhere, views that were stunning. We intend to go back there sometime when we have time to stay and explore.

Thank Michelle C
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