We traveled southeast into New Mexico in route to the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. We hiked into cliff dwellings in six caves and spent the afternoon in a remarkably preserved habitation site in a pristine setting. For thousands of years, nomadic people used the caves above the Gila River as shelter. In the late 1200's, Mogollon people made it their home. They built rooms, crafted pottery and raised children in the cliff dwellings for about twenty years before they moved on.
There are a few pictographs in the valley not far from the cliff dwellings. The Visitor’s Center can provide directions. We arrived in Deming that evening, but would have liked to stay in the Geronimo’s Gila Valley longer.