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The Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is an adventure in the drive to the location traveling through the ghost town of Pinos Altos NM and the hike to the caves themselves. The landscape in the monument ranges in elevation from around 5,700 to 7,300 feet above sea level and follows the West Fork and the Middle Fork of the Gila River. The terrain around the ruins is rugged, arid, containing steep-sided canyons and bluffs forested with Ponderosa pine, Gambel's oak, Douglas fir, New Mexico juniper, pinon pine, and alligator juniper (among others).  Enjoy the walk in these images.

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1_Starting Point
2_First Set Of Stairs
3_Cave Sighting
4_Still Climbing
5_Zooming In
6_Final Pathway
7_Inside Cave1
8_Looking Across The Canyon
9_Cave2 From Outside
10_Cave2 Full Perspective
11_Cave3 From Outside
12_Inside Looking Across Canyon
13_Walls Built Of Stones
14_Ceiling Colors
15_The Hike Down

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