Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
Join Youth in Parks Rangers Brigitte, Margaret, and Drew as they travel to Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. Explore the world of ancestors of Puebloan people who lived in the Mogollon area over 700 years ago. Enter the village they built within five of the natural caves of Cliff Dweller Canyon. Become inspired by the remaining architecture. Admire the spectacular views from inside these ancient dwellings.
Gila Cliff Dwellings Monument, New Mexico
Another jewel on the New Mexico landscape. See the natural caves of Cliff Dweller Canyon ... People of the Upper Gila River - the Mogollon culture, which thrived from the 1270s to around 1300 and then disappeared. Walk the trail to the caves followed by a tour of the ruins.
Visiting Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, the Catron County, New Mexico, United States
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is a U.S. National Monument created to protect Mogollon cliff dwellings in the Gila Wilderness on the headwaters of the Gila River in southwest New Mexico.
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Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, NM
This video is about Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, NM where in the late 1200's, people of the Mogollon Culture decided to make the cliff dwellings their home. We are glad to have braved the 2 hour narrow winding road into the Gila wilderness to check it out. The one mile loop trail is a beautiful trail that starts out along a tree lined stream, than up a short steep slope to the cliff dwellings and than an easy walk back down. We were also treated to a rare sight on the trail, come along and check it out!
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Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument - New Mexico
We put together this video from our recent trip to Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument in New Mexico. We took a day trip from our campsite at City of Rocks State Park. You are allowed to do self-guided tours and actually go inside. A ranger is always around to answer your questions. Enjoy!
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The Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
A visit to the Gila Cliff Dwellings just outside Silver City New Mexico, as part of the Big Blend Spirit of America Tour.
Ancient Peoples | Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
For thousands of years, groups of nomadic people used the caves of the Gila River as temporary shelter. If you enjoy our travel video, we would appreciate a thumbs-up, SUBSCRIBE, COMMENT, and/or SHARE. Thank you for watching and happy travels to you!
Shedding light on the Mogollon Culture. For thousands of years, groups of nomadic people used the caves of the Gila River as temporary shelter. In the late 1200's, people of the Mogollon Culture decided it would be a good place to call home. They built rooms, crafted pottery and raised children in the cliff dwellings for about twenty years. Then the Mogollon moved on, leaving the walls for us as a glimpse into the past.
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On my way to Tempe, AZ from San Antonio, TX I stopped at one of the places I have always wanted to visit and adventure at. The Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument!
Only a 45 minute hike round trip, but a great place to see with a lot of history and park rangers willing to explain all the ins and outs of the park.
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New Mexico 6 ~ Ancestral Pueblo Cliff Dwellings, Bandelier National Monument
The steep hike down the cliff was spectacualr and we got to see Long House where you can imagine an extensive Pueblo built on the canyon floor and into the side of the cliff, taking advantage of the natural caves in the volcanic rock.
Join us next time to see Alcove House where we climb 140 ft of ladders to cave dwelling high up in the cliff! Thank you so much for hiking with us!
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Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
GILA CLIFF DWELLINGS NATIONAL MONUMENT
Offers a glimpse of the homes and lives of the people of the Mogollon culture who lived there from the 1280's through the early 1300's. Containing 533 acres, it was established on November 16, 1907. The dwellings are located forty-four miles north of Silver City, New Mexico, on Highway 15.
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Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico
The Pueblo people have lived in the American Southwest for many centuries. Archeologists think they are descended from nomadic hunting and gathering people who came into the region 10,000 to 12,000 years ago.
The Pueblo culture originated in the Four Corners Area (where New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado meet), but it was not uniform from group to group.
Cultural differences, over time and from place to place, are reflected in such surviving remnants as architecture and pottery.
Early archeologists, studying the old dwellings for clues to their former inhabitants, adopted the Navajo term Anasazi to refer to the ancestors of Pueblo people before the coming of the Spanish. The ancient people of the Bandelier area, like Puebloan ancestors elsewhere, were farmers, who grew maize (corn), beans, and squash.
They supplemented their diets with native plants and by hunting and trapping deer, rabbits, squirrels, other mammals, and birds. They made clothing from animal skins and traded for cotton, which they wove into garments. They ingeniously made winter blankets from fibers of the yucca plant interwoven with turkey feathers or strips of rabbit skin.
Tools, including a wide variety of axes, mauls, and knives, were fashioned from animal bones, wood, and such local stone as obsidian and basalt. The people obtained other items, such as shell, turquoise, and parrots, through trade networks that ranged as far as central Mexico and Baja California.
The Puebloan ancestors occupied the Bandelier area for nearly 500 years. With less than half the monument surveyed, more than 2,400 sites have been located, but not all sites were inhabited at the same time.
For generations the people lived in small, scattered settlements, each consisting of perhaps only one or two families. Then from about A.D. 1150 to 1325, sometimes called the Rio Grande Coalition Period, the population increased. People began coming together in larger groups and, by the end of the period, villages (pueblos) often included as many as 40 rooms.
The following two and a half centuries, called the Rio Grande Classic Period, were characterized by fewer and larger pueblos, some exceeding 600 rooms, and by the prevalence of very small structures that archeologists call field houses and believe show seasonal dispersal to agricultural fields. Ceremonial rooms called kivas were up to three times larger in classic times and may reflect a changing role in ritual or social life.
The Village of TyuonyiThe pueblo of Tyuonyi and its adjacent cave dwellings in Bandelier are examples from the Rio Grande Classic Period, which ended in the late 1500s when the Spanish colonized New Mexico, bringing immense change to the American Southwest.
The modern Pueblo people have oral traditions that link them to the past, but no written record existed before the coming of the Spanish. Archeologists trying to decipher the relationships of modern pueblo villages to various early sites are often puzzled. Differences in pottery suggest that the people who lived in the part of Bandelier called Tsankawi were different from the people who lived in the rest of the monument.
Today, the Puebloans immediately to the north and east of Bandelier speak Tewa while those to the south speak Keres. What was the relationship between the people of these language groups in ancestral times? The dwellings in Bandelier may hold the answer.
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument Linda Brewer
Linda Brewer, owner of Bear Mountain Lodge in Silver City, New Mexico, talks about the value of the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument during a visit from Big Blend's Spirit of America Tour.
#Geronimo Birthplace Monument by the Gila Cliff Dwellings New Mexico
Geronimo Birthplace Monument by the Gila Cliff Dwellings New Mexico. The famous Apache warrior, who although was never a chief, is remembered perhaps as one of the most famous Indian’s of North American modern history. We have all yelled it before jumping into a lake from a rock or cliff, GERONIMOOOO! Now I was blessed enough to see his birth country, right there in the Gila National Park in New Mexico. #Geronimo #indian #Apache #newmexico
“Honoring an Apache Warrior
Memorial Project for Geronimo Helps Mark Public Lands Day
GILA WILDERNESS, N.M., Sept. 19 -- Almost 7,000 feet high in the middle of the country's first preserved wilderness, before the cement was mixed and the rocks and mortar were laid, this volunteer project started with an it'edjidile, a blessing, in the language of the Apache.
Harlyn Geronimo, a medicine man and the great-grandson of the Chiricahua Apache warrior Geronimo, prayed, raising fingertips smeared with the yellow pollen of the river cattail to a gray, overcast sky.” Read full source:
Here is where we stayed, which is near the cliff dwellings. It also has, across the street, an entire walled memorial to the Apache’s and a lot more about Geronimo.
Here is a bit more on this legend:
Geronimo (Mescalero-Chiricahua: Goyaałé ) the one who yawns; June 16, 1829 – February 17, 1909) was a prominent leader and medicine man from the Bedonkohe band of the Chiricahua Apache tribe. From 1850 to 1886 Geronimo joined with members of three other Chiricahua Apache bands—the Tchihende, the Tsokanende and the Nednhi—to carry out numerous raids as well as resistance to US and Mexican military campaigns in the northern Mexico states of Chihuahua and Sonora, and in the southwestern American territories of New Mexico and Arizona.
In his old age, Geronimo became a celebrity. He appeared at fairs, including the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, where he reportedly rode a ferris wheel and sold souvenirs and photographs of himself. However, he was not allowed to return to the land of his birth. He died at the Fort Sill hospital in 1909. He was still a prisoner of war. He is buried at the Fort Sill Indian Agency Cemetery surrounded by the graves of relatives and other Apache prisoners of war.”
The Gila wilderness is vast, still to this day. Stories of killer bears and mountain lions, not too mention the snakes and big game, still echo about around campfires. Not too long ago, a man was eaten alive by a mountain lion, right near where we camped while there!
By the way, here is the nice RV campground we hunkered down at. The hot springs down the street, by the river were great!
Gila Hot Springs RV Park
34-48 Airstrip Rd, Silver City, NM 88061 Airstrip Rd, Silver City, NM 88061, USA
The famous Indian of the Apache tribes, Geronimo at his Birthplace Monument by the Gila Cliff Dwellings in New Mexico.
Travel Guide New Mexico tm Gila Cliff Dwellings, Silver City , New Mexico
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument offers a glimpse of the homes and lives of the people of the Mogollon culture who lived in the Gila Wilderness from the 1280s through the early 1300s. The surroundings probably look today very much like they did when the cliff dwellings were inhabited. The monument is surrounded by the Gila National Forest and lies at the edge of the Gila Wilderness, the nation's first designated wilderness area. This designation means that the wilderness character of the area will not be altered by roads or other evidence of human presence. Hiking in the Gila and Aldo Leopold Wilderness areas is a popular activity in the area. There are also several popular hot springs nearby. The closest, Lightfeather, is a twenty-minute walk from the Visitor Center. The most popular is Jordan, a 6- or 8-mile hike from the Visitor Center, depending upon the trailhead used.
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument & Silver City New Mexico
02-03-2015 Produced by Erick F Dircks
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument New Mexico. We met many great park attendants, and guests. We met a couple of visitors from Ohio on the way to the dwellings. They were returning to the Visitor Center because he fell and skinned up his elbow. He was okay, and I am sure his pride was hurt more than his elbow. The park attendants we very knowledgeable about the cliff dwellers, very helpful, and let us do almost anything we wanted to do within reason. One of the attendants told us about the hot springs that were in the park, and that really sounded refreshing. The hot spring that we went to was about 1/2 mile from the parking lot, and off we went. One thing the attendant forgot to mention was we had to cross freezing cold water. The trail ended at a pile of rocks, which was a landmark where we had to cross the water. We were with another couple, and I volunteered to cross 1st. I made it to an island about 15 feet from the bank in freezing cold water, with another 50 feet to the other side. We decided it would be worth paying $5 to go the private hot springs, and the other couple continued their trek to the hot springs. Arriving at the private springs, we weren't impressed with them, and decided to head back to camp. We ran into several deer & over 50 wild turkeys on the way to Silver City. Arriving at Main Street in Silver City, we got a huge laugh, Main Street was a DIRT road, and continued on the tour of the City. Stopping to photograph an old church, there were several people walking their dogs. I couldn't resist, I asked them if that was really Main Street, reluctantly, they said yes. It took us about 5 minutes to do the complete tour of the Old Silver City, and were in total disbelief of what we saw. Photographs will truly show you our experience. Back to camp we went, after a long and fulfilling adventure.
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True OVERviews-Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
These cliffside caves and the remnants of centuries-ago residences are set in the beautiful Gila Wilderness of southwestern New Mexico. The drive to the monument is at least an hour from the nearest city of any size (Silver City), and the climb up to the dwellings can be a bit challenging. But the time and effort are both well worth it.
Gila Dwellings New Mexico
Gila Dwellings in New Mexico. I must say that the visit was very interesting. The drive from Silver City via state route 15 to the Gila Dwelling National Monument is very scenic. Take your time as you will be driving on a very steep and windy mountain road for two hours between the two points. They said for better lighting, the winter time is better because the cave is facing south. Too bad that I arrived late in the day. Otherwise, I would have a much nicer film to share.