- Jan 20, 2012
Crossposted from my blog.
There's a small rock overhang nearby with a roof blackened from countless fires. Geronimo was born near the headwaters of the Gila, perhaps nearby. He undoubtedly soaked here a time or two himself.
This was one of the three hikes in the park that are shorter. We had the place to ourselves and as dusk began to fall, we hiked back to the car and drove down the road to our campsite.
Lots of pictures and paintings, some of them quite high up. The Trail to the Past is one of the overlooked trails at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, but it's very worthwhile, and being only 1/4 mile, the kids like it too.
Takeaways from the Gila Cliff Dwellings:
- Gila Cliff Dwellings is small enough that one day is pretty sufficient
- Take time to play in the river, we went to one of the use areas south of the town of Gila Hot Springs
- Jordan Hot Springs is a pretty popular destination if you are looking for a longer hike