(nr Gila Hot Springs NM)
I took my girlfriend to see the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. The half mile hike up to the ruins seemed longer and steeper than I remember from my last visit. Lots of trees provided shade on a pretty walk.
To go into the ruins you have to climb a ladder. There were several rooms used for various purposes. The dwellings faced toward the south and were situated above a stream which provided water and possibly fish.
The trail up to and back down provided some nice views of the surrounding landscape. Rugged cliffs, expansive scenes, and puffy clouds added interest.
It was rather warm when we arrived at the trailhead. However, soon clouds and a breeze arrived that made the visit more pleasant. It was an enjoyable way to learn some history and get exercise.
Camp: Gila Mountains day trip
Scene: Cliffs, trail, ruins