Cliff - Gila, NM

Gila and Cliff are two small rural communities located 30 minutes northwest of Silver City on US Route 180. Nestled within the beautiful Gila Valley, Gila and Cliff are situated on opposite sides of the Gila River where it exits the vast, rugged, mountainous terrain of the Gila National Forest and Gila Wilderness.


Both communities share a rich ranching and farming heritage that began with the first pioneer settlement in the area during the mid-1800s. In the late 1800s to early 1900s, the legendary LC Ranch was headquartered in Gila. The LC Ranch was a huge operation which at its peak at the turn of the 20th century ran some 60,000 head of cattle, herded by some 75 wranglers over an area 40x60 square miles (roughly 1.5 million acres) that stretched from near the headwaters of the Gila River in the Gila Wilderness west to the Arizona border and from Mule Creek south to about what is now Interstate 10. This agricultural heritage continues to flourish today, as evidenced by the numerous large ranches found throughout the broad Gila Valley. The Cliff/Gila school, for grades K-12, is the home of the Cowgirls and Cowboys, whose championship boys and girls basketball teams have a large following, and where every spring a day is set aside for students to ride their horse to school. The Grant County Fair is held in Cliff annually in late September and showcases the best local student talent in everything farming and ranching. Each community has its own post office, and there are numerous churches, a local market, a hardware store, a small cafe and sandwich shop, a gas station/convenience store, library, health clinic, senior center, community center, tennis courts, and a playground.


The centerpiece of the area is the Gila River, the last free-flowing river in Southwestern New Mexico. From prehistoric times until about 1400 AD, the agriculturally-oriented Mogollon Pit House and later Pueblo Cultures thrived in the Gila Valley at numerous habitation sites along the Gila River and its tributaries of Mogollon Creek and Bear Creek. Along these dependable watercourses, these ancient cultures grew crops of maize, corn, and beans in the rich floodplain soil, supplemented by the abundant game and fish found in the adjacent mountains and the Gila River. In later years, from the late-1600s to the late-1880s, this area was a favorite homeland of the nomadic Chiricahua Apache, whose presence in the Gila Valley remained a persistent threat to the early pioneer settlers up until the surrender of Geronimo in 1886.


Surrounded by the 3.3 million acres of the Gila National Forest, the Gila/Cliff area makes a perfect base for visitors who enjoy all types of outdoor pursuits in a pristine natural environment, such as hiking, birding, rock hounding, camping, hunting, and fishing. A variety of short and long-term lodging is available in the area, as well as camping in the Gila National Forest.


The hiking opportunities readily accessed from the Gila/Cliff area are unsurpassed, offering a wide range of established trails from easy to challenging.


The Billings Vista Overlook, along the Gila River in the Burro Mountains, downstream of Gila/Cliff, is the starting point of an easy, relaxing hike along the river's floodplain, beneath a canopied riverine forest dotted with towering ancient cottonwoods and sycamores.


Upstream from Gila/Cliff, another easy hike is found at the Nature Conservancy's Gila Riparian Preserve that will take you to the Gila River Gauging Station and a great lunch spot along the shaded bank of the river. Longer and more challenging hikes abound, from all-day treks such as a challenging hike to Turkey Creek Hot Springs (requiring numerous fords of the Gila River and some strenuous boulder hopping up Turkey Creek) to extended backpacking expeditions on one of a multitude of trails that lead up into the high-country of the Gila Wilderness.


Birding in the Gila/Cliff area is excellent, offering a wide array of habitat, from riverine forested floodplain to mesquite- and cactus-covered mesas, to juniper- and pinon-covered foothills, to soaring fir- and spruce-covered mountains up to 11,000 feet in elevation. Both the casual and avid birder can expect to find an extremely broad range of species at all times of the year. Over 300 different species of birds have been recorded in this area, including numerous rare and uncommon species such as the Sand Hill Crane, Bald Eagle, Willow Flycatcher, Common Black Hawk, and several species of hummingbirds, including Black-chinned, Broadtail, and Rufous, as well as the large Elegant and diminutive Calliope. Indeed, it is a birder's paradise in the Gila/Cliff area.


Good fishing can usually be found in two locations. Bill Evans Lake Reservoir, which once held the New Mexico record for a 15 lb. largemouth bass, is stocked with rainbow trout, smallmouth and largemouth bass, sunfish, and catfish. If flowing water is your preference, there are miles of opportunity along the Gila River, where small and largemouth bass, trout, and channel and flathead catfish can be caught.


Most New Mexico species of large and small game animals are abundant within the vast public lands of the Gila National Forest, Federal Bureau of Land Management and State of New Mexico, including elk, mule deer, bear, and javelina. Various annual seasons exist for different districts within the area for both bow and gun hunting.


At night, the view of the Milky Way from anywhere in the Gila Valley is incredible! There are no lights to interfere; just dark, dark skies alive with millions of stars when the moon is new. At full-moon time, the moon's brilliance is amazing, so bright you can roam outside without a flashlight, beautifully silhouetting the mountains of the Gila Wilderness against the night sky.


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Total Listings: 7
Average Price: $253,043
Highest Price: $640,000
Lowest Price: $99,300

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Listings in Cliff - Gila, NM

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Beautiful Home In A Great Spot! Located At The...

$640,000 Active 9275 W Hwy 180, Silver City, New Mexico
  • 5 Beds
  • 4.9 Acres
  • 5,600 ft²

Residential

Beautiful Home In A Great Spot! Located At The End Of A County Road, Privacy Rural Living. 4.9 Acres With A 5 Bedroom Home With 4 Porch Bedrooms Off 4 Of The Bedrooms. The Property Includes A Swimming Pool And An A Tennis Court (needs Resurfaced). There...

MLS® #32941
Courtesy of Action Realty, LLC.

This Is A Very Nice Home On 2.7 Acres Off Box C...

$240,000 Active 173 Box Canyon Road, Cliff, New Mexico
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.73 Acres
  • 2,287 ft²

Residential

This Is A Very Nice Home On 2.7 Acres Off Box Canyon Road. It Is A Private Location Back Off The Road A Bit. The Gila River Valley Is To The East From The Front Door Of The Home. The Home Has 4 Bedrooms 2 Baths. The Kitchen Is Set Up For A Person That L...

MLS® #34628
Courtesy of Action Realty, LLC.

Private And Remote - This Authentic Adobe Home,...

$239,000 Active 517 Bill Evans Rd, Cliff, New Mexico
  • 1 Beds
  • 5.44 Acres
  • 1,530 ft²

Residential

Private And Remote - This Authentic Adobe Home, Built Atop A Mesa, Commands Awesome Views Of The Gila River--you Can Hear The Water Rushing Below You. Lovingly Built By The Owner In 2004, It's Vernacular Architecture At Its Best, Inspired By A Mix Of Puebl...

MLS® #32671
Courtesy of Hacienda Realty

This Is A Beautiful Spot And A Beautiful Home! ...

$225,000 Active 115 Iron Bridge Road, Cliff, New Mexico
  • 4 Beds
  • 4.66 Acres
  • 2,632 ft²

Residential

This Is A Beautiful Spot And A Beautiful Home! Very Open Living Area With A Lot Of Windows. Huge Trees, Beautiful Yard, Several Areas To Enjoy The Outdoors, Barn, Stalls, Arena And So Very Much More. The Home, 4 Bedroom, 2+bathrooms, Several Living Areas...

MLS® #33346
Courtesy of Action Realty, LLC.

This Gorgeous 3bd 2ba Home Sits On 20 Acres Of ...

$218,000 Under Contract 74 Mesa Rd. Road, Cliff, New Mexico
  • 3 Beds
  • 20.88 Acres
  • 1,722 ft²

Residential

This Gorgeous 3bd 2ba Home Sits On 20 Acres Of Gorgeous Treed Land And Views Forever! Come Out And Take A Look At All This Home Has To Offer!

MLS® #34665
Courtesy of My Real Estate Company

Two Bedroom Two Bath Home Off Hwy 180 In Rivers...

$110,000 Active 8639 W Hwy 180 Highway, Cliff, New Mexico
  • 2 Beds
  • 1.69 Acres
  • 1,587 ft²

Residential

Two Bedroom Two Bath Home Off Hwy 180 In Riverside (cliff). Very Convenient To Access Hwy 180. The Gila River Valley Is The Backdrop To The West Of The Property. Large Trees Provide Some Shade To The Home And Fenced Yard Area. Two Wells Are On The Prope...

MLS® #34549
Courtesy of Action Realty, LLC.

This Home Sits On .596 Of An Acre. It Is 2 Bed...

$99,300 Active 8441 W 180 Highway, Cliff, New Mexico
  • 2 Beds
  • 0.59 Acres
  • 1,040 ft²

Residential

This Home Sits On .596 Of An Acre. It Is 2 Bedroom With Two Bath Rooms. It Has Been Recently Remodeled. Beautiful New Carpet, New Ceiling Fans, A New Bathroom, And Closets Are Some Of The New Features. The Kitchen Has A Lot Of Work Space And Counter Top...

MLS® #34652
Courtesy of Action Realty, LLC.

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