Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument offers a glimpse of the homes and lives of the people of the Mogollon culture who lived there from the 1280's through the early 1300's. Containing 533 acres, it was established on November 16, 1907. The dwellings are located forty-four miles north of Silver City, New Mexico, on Highway 15.

The Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is surrounded by the Gila National Forest and lies at the edge of the Gila Wilderness, the nation's first designated wilderness area. Wilderness means the intrusion of roads or other evidence of human presence will not alter the character of the area. This unique area comprising homes of prehistoric Indians in southwestern New Mexico offers a glimpse of the homes and lives of Indians who lived here from the 100's to 1300.

Settlers in the early 1870's penetrated the mountain wilderness, where rise the three forks of the Gila River in search of water and fertile land on which to homestead. They were surprised to find traces of an earlier race of men, who in the dim past had lived, loved and farmed the narrow valleys. Fallen walls of stone, strewn with pottery fragments, clearly indicated a people of high culture who made their homes there.

As seen at

Geronimo Trail Guest Ranch

Winston, New Mexico

The Gila Cliff Dwellings are only about 15 miles as the crow flies from our ranch, although you will want to plan your visit to see them either before or after your stay with us as there is no good road in between! The history of this area is very rich and The Gila Cliff Dwellings are well worth a visit. You will also see some related archaeological sites right near the ranch during your stay with us!

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