Gila National Forest Scenic Drive

Tried to reach Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument– succeeded in visiting, but was too late for the main ranger-led hike and the trail was closed.  Decided to save for another time and just enjoy views of the Gila National Forest on Highway 15.

This one is from the Senator Clinton P Anderson Overlook.  I’m not 100% positive but I think the tall tree covered area to the left is Copperas Peak.  The reddish peak to the right is Alum Mountain.  Much of this area was formed/affected by the Copperas Creek Volcano 30 million years ago.

Another view from further north closer to the monument.  You can see the Gila River below and the famous Continental Divide Trail (CDT) runs along the river here.

I could have camped in the Gila but was ill-prepared (didn’t bring any food, was full on gorditas from lunch!).  Lots of driving, headed back to Las Cruces for one final day of adventure.

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