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Gila Cliff Dwellings

17 August 2015

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Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument


Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is one of the least visited national monuments and Curt and I found out why. It is only 44 miles north of Silver City but the drive is over the most twisty roads ever created through the Gila National Wilderness.
Gila Cliff dwellings

Gila Cliff dwellings


Many questions still remain about the people that lived in these dwellings to include why! The ancient puebloan people of the Mogollon area belonged to areas of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and northern Mexico. The knowledge archeoligists do have is based on the pottery style. Of course none of it is there now but you can see a couple examples of petroglyphs.
cave drawing

cave drawing


The caves consist of about 40 rooms built inside five natural caves. The peublo was built inside the caves with rock, mortar and timber from between 1276 and 1287. For some reason the inhabitants only stayed for a few decades.
bridge to the trail

bridge to the trail


The cliff dwellings are in the center of a 1 mile circular trail that can be a bit steep and rocky as well as sunny. But it offers good views of the dwelligs from all angles. There a couple of caves you can go in to and peek inside the rooms. Most of what the rooms were used for is speculation.
First view of the dwellings

First view of the dwellings


No one told Curt the dwellings didn't have beer

No one told Curt the dwellings didn't have beer


Curt wanted to know why snakes were to stay on the trail

Curt wanted to know why snakes were to stay on the trail


another view from the trail

another view from the trail


walls of one of the caves

walls of one of the caves


walls inside cave

walls inside cave


veiw from the rooms

veiw from the rooms


veiw from the caves

veiw from the caves


trail from the caves

trail from the caves


sunflowers

sunflowers

Posted by ErinDriver 16:40 Archived in USA

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