Travels with Tucker

Travels with Tucker

Sunday, December 1, 2013

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.

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