Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
Completed: October 14, 2012
Almost in our backyard (Tucson), a quick weekend trip to the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument was done when I found out they had a Senior Ranger program. The monument is North of Silver City on a twisty, turning and scenic road.
After checking out the Visitor Center I continued up the road to the Contact Station at the base of the dwellings. The volunteers readily provided the Senior Ranger booklet and reviewed the guidelines for hiking up to the ruins. The trail is about one mile with some elevation gain. The Senior Ranger program is completed while hiking this trail. The link below gives more details about the hike. I always enjoy this hike; a bit of canyon, maybe some water, always some views and ultimately ruins to explore, not just view!
With a little bit of wrap-up work when I returned to the parking lot this award was easy to complete in about 1 1/2 hours. The Senior Ranger award is the beautiful patch pictured here.