"...I decided to visit California for a year or two to see its wonderful flora and the famous Yosemite Valley. All the world was before me and every day was a holiday, so it did not seem important to which one of the world's wildernesses I first should wander."
--John Muir (1868)
THIS is what brought us to Silver City in the first place
Silver City is one of the coolest places that nobody has ever heard of,
but how did we find it? It happens to be the closes place to stay (if
you consider a two-hour drive close) to the Gila Cliff Dwellings
National Monument, one of the most interesting places we've been on our
whole trip west. Back in 1280, give or take a few years, the Mimbres
people used rock and clay to build over 40 rooms inside 5 caves high on a
cliff overlooking the Gila river. They lived there for only about 30
years before abandoning it and moving on. While looted by pot hunters
in the 1880s, it is still well-preserved and well-managed by the
National Park Service. Visitors can walk through the rooms and imagine
what it was like to live here 700 years ago. Here are lots of pictures
because they speak for themselves.