QLE Common Areas
The Gila National Forest is a wonderful playground for hunting, hiking, horse back riding, camping, etc. In addition, there are some unique places to explore.
The Gila Cliff Dwellings, located in the extreme southern part of Catron County, contain the ruins of interlinked cave dwellings built by the Mogollon people around 1300 AD. There are 46 rooms within 5 caves, believed to be occupied by 10 to 15 families.
There are a number of hot springs in the Gila Wilderness area. The wilderness area is only accessible on foot or on horse back. This beautiful place has areas forested with tall ponderosa pines as well as open meadows.
Portions of the Gila National Forest can be explored from two scenic byways; The Geronimo National Scenic Byway, and the Trail of the Mountain Spirit Byway, You can explore old mining towns, perhaps find old arrow heads and shards of ancient pottery.