Monday, April 21, 2008

Gila Cliff Dwelling (NM) & Cochise Stronghold (AZ)

We decided to take one last trip before the big Alaska trip in May. We also wanted to answer some questions regarding the type of camper we use while on these trips.

Camping Info:

We've tried it all .. tent travel trailer, 5th wheel, motor home; then we got smart. We use a Lance pickup camper that slides into our Ford F350 short bed. We have all the comforts of home, just on a much smaller scale. We've also found this to be the most fuel efficient of any camper we've had going from a high of 5 MPG with the coach to an average of 12 MPG. We can get close to where we want to photograph while at the same time being comfortable.

Gila Cliff Dwelling:

The Gila Cliff Dwellings are no more than an hour drive North from Silver City New Mexico and offers an opportunity to crawl around inside and out an old cliff dwelling. The hike is about 1 mile total and at times up a steep trail. The trail is well maintained.

Cochise Stronghold:

Cochise Stronghold is in the heart of the Dragoon Mountains about 30 miles southwest of Wilcox AZ. This was the home to the Chiricahua Apache Chief, Cochise. Cochise and about 1,000 of his followers were located here. This area is rich in history offering various trails and camping opportunities.

We met a very nice couple, John & Kathy R. from Durango CO while overnighting at the campground. Great folks - thanks again for sharing your camp fire!

This will be the last update till we head out in May for Alaska. We hope to be able to update the blog every couple days supplying information as well as images. As always please leave a comment or email us directly. Please don't forget to visit our galleries at Iron Creek Photography.

Be safe

Sandy & Don

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