Winter 2020 Trip, Day 16: City of Rocks, Gila Cliff Dwellings NM

I woke up well before sunrise at the Walmart in Deming, New Mexico.  I had some company:

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I drove north to visit City of Rocks State Park.  We last visited the park in 2011.

This is the view from the approach to the park:

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Going for a run:

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I left City of Rocks and continued north into the Gila Wilderness.  The road was steep and serpentine, but there were great views:

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At last I arrived at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.  This is our only unvisited National Park site in New Mexico, skipped so far because the road here is not drivable when towing our 5th wheel RV:

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Also visiting today were three young full-timing couples:

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I don’t think the visitor center has been updated since the 1970s:

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I decided to run the trail to the cliff dwellings.  The dwellings were built in late 1200s:

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I decided to drive the “no RVs allowed” section of Route 15 from the Route 35 junction to Pinos Altos.  The road is so narrow it has no center line and is incredibly steep and windy:

I continued south towards Lordsburg.  What views!

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I continued west into Arizona, did laundry in Tucson, then continued northwest to overnight at the Walmart of Coolidge, Arizona.  See the trip map for today’s drive.

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