Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Gila Cliff Dwellings of New Mexico

If you ever find yourself in the beautiful state of New Mexico, you have to see the Gila Cliff Dwellings.  The Gila Cliff Dwellings take you back in time to 1300 AD. 

Gila Cliff Dwellings
First, let's start off with a quick history lesson about this site. The cliff contains the ruins of several interlocked cave dwellings built by the Mogollon people. The Mogollons lived in these cliff dwellings from 1275AD to about 1300AD.  As you can see, the dwellings provide excellent shelter from mother nature and predators. 

Hikes through the cliff dwellings are not the only thing you can do here. Bird watching, wildlife viewing, fishing, and stargazing are also excellent activities offered here. You can also camp at many of the camp grounds near by but you can not do an over night at the dwellings. 

Photo from Wikipedia. Looking out from the cliff dwellings
The trail to get to the Gila Cliff Dwellings is open everyday (even holidays) from 9 am to 4 pm and everyone must be off the trail by 5 pm. A museum and visitor center is located near by and staff members are always at the dwellings. To visit this breath taking historical site you don't have to break the bank. It costs families only $10 per day and for the lone Adventurer is only cost $3 per day to explore. 

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