Tour Limited to Only 20 Participants

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Overview - Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
May 16, 17, and 18, 2013

Note: Participants must be able to do moderate hikes on rough, steep trails up to 3 miles round trip.

Join WNPA as we investigate the ancient sites of the Mogollon area of the Upper Gila River.  With the vast wilderness of the Gila National Forest in Grant County’s backyard and the high elevation, dry climate and rural communities, the area is heralded for having some of the clearest and darkest night skies in the nation. On our way to the archeological wonders at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, we’ll explore and enjoy the following activities:

  • Day 1, Tour Western New Mexico University’s world-class collections of pre-Columbian Mimbres pottery and cultural artifacts in Silver City, NM.

  • Visit the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site, the location of the Mattocks Ruin, a 1000 year old pueblo that may have been home to about 200 people, east of Silver City, NM.

  • Lodge at the Little Toad Creek Inn, Lake Roberts, NM

  • Day 2, Visit Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument guided by volunteer NPS Rangers. Explore the cliff dwellings, that offer a glimpse of the homes and lives of the people of the Mogollon area who lived in the Gila Wilderness from the 500s through the early 1400s.

  • Tour the TJ site, a sensitive and unexcavated surface pueblo not open to the general public. Artifacts visible on the surface of the TJ site indicate 900 years of use in the area.

  • Return to another relaxing night at the Little Toad Creek Inn, Lake Roberts, NM
  • Day 3, Eat breakfast, pack up and drive back to Silver City to prowl the historic downtown area and have lunch. Silver City's still shows much of its Old West charm, with buildings and streets from the days when bars of silver were stacked neatly on curbsides, waiting for assay or delivery out of town. Today, Silver City’s downtown is home to art galleries, bars, restaurants, Town Hall, quaint homes, the city library, Western New Mexico University, the Silver City Museum, gift shops, restaurants and coffeehouses, antique stores, as well as historic lodging.
  • On the way home we stop in Dragoon, Arizona at the world famous Amerind Museum.  Amerind exhibitions tell the story of America's first peoples from Alaska to South America and from the last Ice Age to the present. Amerind's Fulton-Hayden Memorial Art Gallery features works on western themes by such artists as Carl Oscar Borg, William Leigh, Frederic Remington, and Andy Tsihnahjinnie, and one room in the Art Gallery is reserved for the presentation of contemporary Native American art. 

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