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So few weeks ago I had mentioned it was my anniversary with my girlfriend and I had made the decision that I wanted to take her to place she had never been. I showed her a few pictures and we settled between going to Page, Arizona or Silver City New Mexico. I wanted to go to Antelope Canyon, but as visitors we’d have to plan it a few months in advance. So we decided that going to Silver City would be easier and a opportunity to explore the Gila National Forest more. Moreover, it felt like good timing to¬† finally get down to the Gila Cliff Dwelling National Monument.

The Gila Cliff Dwelling National Monument has been on my list for the last two years of places I wanted to visit. Timing was perfect because my girlfriend had never been there either. We decided to take the scenic route from Albuquerque by taking the back highway from Socorro. I did this purposefully because I also wanted to visit the Very Large Array. I had driven by it a few times but never took the opportunity to check it out. If you are ever in the Socorro, New Mexico, I’d absolute recommend checking it out.

So after a quick stop at the VLA, we continued onward toward to Glenwood, New Mexico. Its a great scenic drive with a few great stops along the way. However, I’d definitely recommend bring snacks for the drive because its a long one.

  1. After a few hours, we finally arrived to the Glenwood Catwalk Trail and I was still amazed by this place. The river was running and the temperature was perfect for a late afternoon hike. We didn’t get to go as far as we wanted because we knew the sun was setting soon, but it was still a perfect start to our anniversary weekend.