Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

Climb through the ancient homes of the Mogollon culture at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. This is one of the last places in the United States to allow access to the cliff dwellings. Follow in the footsteps of the original residents as you climb tall wooden ladders into the stone rooms, which are built inside caves perched high on the rocky cliffs. The masonry is remarkably well-preserved, giving you an unprecedented peek at life in the year 1200. The monument is tucked into a remote section of New Mexico's wild and rugged Gila Wilderness. Bring your RV and set up a home base in the campground for a few days of hiking, fishing, and breathtaking views.

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Things To Do Near Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

The star attractions at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument are the cliff dwellings themselves; you can hike around the base or climb into the rooms for a closer look. When you're done, continue exploring the Mogollon people's historic stomping grounds on a hike into the surrounding Gila Wilderness. There are a few amenities in the Gila Hot Springs area, but you'll need to drive back to Silver City for a broader selection of shopping and dining options.

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How To Get To Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

There's only one road into Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. To get there, take US-180 to Silver City in southwestern New Mexico. Turn north on NM-15; the road terminates at the monument. The 45-mile drive from Silver City can easily take 90 minutes or more, so allow plenty of time and make sure your gas tank is full.


26 Jim Bradford Trail, Mimbres, NM 88049

Fee: Entry fee $0

If you've ever wanted to explore an ancient cave dwelling, Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument makes a thrilling vacation destination. Surrounded by isolated wilderness, this historic spot makes the perfect home base for outdoor adventure. An RV makes a cozy home base, whether you're spending your days hiking or learning about local history.