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Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

The Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is located forty-four miles north of Silver City on New Mexico Highway 15. The Park Service advises that you plan on taking two hours for the trip due to the nature of the narrow, winding road through mountainous terrain. Mogollon people are thought to have lived in the Gila Cliff Dwellings from 1280 through the early 1300s. In addition to the cliff dwellings there is a small cave dwelling and some dramatic pictographs within the park. Apache Indians arrived in the area about 1500 and remained until moving to reservations in the nineteenth century. A monument to the Chiricahua Apache warrior Geronimo at the visitor center quotes him as saying that he was born near the headwaters of the Gila River.

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

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