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Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument - Pueblo dwellings in Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, near Silver City New Mexico, U.S., in the Gila National Forest near the headwaters of the Gila River.
In rugged country 30 mi (48 km) north of Silver City, it contains groups of small but well-preserved Pueblo Indian dwellings in natural cavities of an overhanging cliff 150 ft (45 m) high.
The dwellings were inhabited from about AD 100 to 1300. Established in 1907, the monument occupies 533 ac (216 ha). More or see more Pictures Pictures appear courtesy of Mary Saxton


Mogollon Mountains Range - Extending for 50 miles (80 km) east of the San Francisco River in southwestern New Mexico, U.S. Topped by Whitewater Baldy Peak (10,892 feet [3,320 m]), the mountains are named for Don Juan Mogollon, Spanish governor (1712-15) of New Mexico province.
Sometimes considered a segment of the southern Rockies, they are a headstream region for the Gila River and form part of the Gila National Forest and Wilderness Area. Mining and tourism are the main economic activities. Return To The Top Of The Page
courtesy of the Glenwood COC


Gila River - Rising in Southwestern New Mexico, U.S., in the Elk Mountains, near the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. The river, draining 58,100 sq mi (150,500 sq km), flows 630 mi (1,015 km) west and southwest over desert land to the Colorado River at Yuma, Ariz.
Its chief tributaries are the San Francisco, which it receives near Clifton, Ariz., the San Pedro, the Santa Cruz, the Salt (the major tributary from the northeast), and the Agua Fria rivers. Coolidge Dam (1928) on the Gila near Globe, Ariz., is used for irrigation in the Casa Grande Valley; the dam, together with Roosevelt Dam on the Salt, stores all available surface water, so the Gila River bed is dry and barren down to the Colorado.
Important towns on or near the river's course are Yuma, Florence, Safford, Hayden, and Coolidge, all in Arizona. It passes San Carlos, Gila River, and Gila Bend Indian reservations. Gila National Forest and Wilderness Area are near its headwaters. The river's name is from that of an Indian tribe. Return To The Top Of The Page


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