Gila Cliff Dwellings Again

(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.

Gila Cliff Dwellings

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.

Trail and Steps Going Toward Ruins
Ladder Leaving Cliff Dwelling

The trail up to and back down provided some nice views of the surrounding landscape. Rugged cliffs, expansive scenes, and puffy clouds added interest.

Trail Going Out
View from the Trail

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

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6 Responses to Gila Cliff Dwellings Again

  1. Steven Crisp August 26, 2023 at 11:14 pm #

    Great pictures! Thanks for sharing!

    • Pleinguy August 27, 2023 at 6:08 am #

      Thanks Steven. I appreciate your comment.

  2. OFM August 27, 2023 at 6:14 am #

    Thank you for the memory recallings. That is a really nice place to visit. At least it was over 25 years ago when I last was there. I appreciate your blog efforts.

    • Pleinguy August 27, 2023 at 6:19 am #

      It is a nice site. And, they’ve made some improvements on the trail to the cliff dwellings. Glad I could stir some pleasant memories for you.

  3. Rich Woy August 30, 2023 at 12:30 pm #

    Cave dwellers have always interested me. What a great adventure you are having. Thanks for sharing. OBTW you missed another hurricane back here in Florida.🙂

    • Pleinguy September 2, 2023 at 8:47 pm #

      They are interesting indeed. Thanks for commenting Rich.

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