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Hiking To This Aboveground Cave In New Mexico Will Give You A Surreal Experience

The trail to the Gila Cliff Dwellings is short yet rugged. However, what lies at the end of this uphill scramble is more than worth the effort.

Nomadic people have sought refuge in the caves of Southwestern New Mexico for thousands of years. But, in the 13th century, the Mogollon people settled in these cliff dwellings, camouflaged by the surrounding Gila Wilderness.

Remember to pack it in and pack it out – leave no trace of your presence. It’s also a good idea to bring water on the hike.

If you’re planning a visit, review this information first.

The Gila Wilderness is an outdoor playground just begging to be discovered. If you want to extend your stay, there are campgrounds in the area.

On a map, this national monument looks fairly close to Silver City. However, the tortuous drive is deceptively long. Go early in the day and allow yourself plenty of time. This is a gorgeous place and you’ll want to savor the experience.

Have you taken this hike? What did you think?

Juliet White
New Mexico staff writer for Only In Your State and freelance writer. A committed travel junkie, Juliet has lived on two continents, but believes that the sunsets in New Mexico are the best. She can be reached on Twitter @JulietWrites.