Friday, October 14, 2016

Gila Cliff Dwellings

We are staying at the Gila Hot Springs Ranch.  It's about 4 miles from the dwellings, so it was a quick drive this morning.  We were the second people to show-up for the mile hike into the site.  Most of the hike was along a beautiful stream until we needed to gain height up to the dwellings.  When we arrived there were three Rangers waiting.  We talked for a while and then began our Ranger led personal tour.

We spent a couple hours wandering from cave to cave.  These dwellings were less formal than the others we have visited.  The drive into the site keeps many away.  Yesterday it took us nearly 4 hours to cover the 96 miles.  Many of those miles were traveled at 10-15 and 20 miles per hour.  It seemed like 100's of hairpin turns and switch backs.

Here is a photo of what we see from our window where we are camping.

Each evening the ranch lets the horse wander the area.  There is almost no traffic on the road into the dwellings so the horses are safe to walk about the canyon.  Here they are visiting us last night.

Life is good.

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