Seven centuries ago, the people who traveled to the communitites in what is now Gila Cliff Dwellings
National Monument did so on foot, following trails across mesas and mountains and along the clear streams. Until recently, the routes were
still little more than trails, and the few people who made the trip to the ruins did so on foot, on horseback, and by 4-wheel-drive vehicle.
Today, you can drive to the monument over a paved road which ends at the monument.
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is surrounded by Gila National Forest and lies at the edge of the Gila Wilderness, the nation's first designated wilderness area. This designation means that the wilderness character of the area will not be altered by the intrusion of roads or other evidence of human presence.
The park offers a glimpse of the homes and lives of Indians who lived here from the late 1270s through the early 1300s. The surroundings probably look today very much like they did when the cliff dwellings were inhabited.
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is a 44-mile drive north from Silver City, New Mexico on
State Highway 15.
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Text from U.S National Park Service Gila Cliff Dwellings
Monument Guide - GPO: 1998-432-907/60005