Summary: After paying at the kiosk and receiving your guide paper from the ranger, cross the bridge to the trail junction. At the junction you will take the trail to the left. Follow this trail clockwise as it gently climbs the canyon. Sturdy bridges allow for creek crossings. There are benches along the trail. At the top of the trail you will be allowed to enter and carefully explore the cliff dwelling ruins. PLEASE follow the rules. A ranger will be in the area to assist with more information. Continue on the loop-trail down to return to the trail junction. At the junction cross the bridge to the parking area. Hike timesays 1 hour but expect to spend more time exploring and photographing the ruins.
Trailhead: From Silver City drive north on Hwy-15 for about 40 miles to enter the Gila National Forest. Continue on the highway another 3 miles to a left turn. Turn left and continue 2 miles to the parking area with the building on the left. There is a $3.00 fee to enter this trail. The pay-station is the large kiosk at the bridge. Rangers will give you a guide-paper. (Lat:33.2294 Lon:-108.26503)
Trail Guides for Gila NF - Gila Cliff Dwellings:
Hiking New Mexicos Gila Wilderness
by Bill Cunningham Polly Burke (Falcon Guide)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: No cell service. For emergencies, rangers and phones are at the trailhead.
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Michael P. Olbrisch, who has posted 71 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Scott on 1/5/2010
Fun hike. Bring water. The ruins are incredible. a lot of fun for all ages and hiking abilities.
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