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ABOVE: Ranger guided tours through the Gila Cliff Dwellings begin at 1 p.m. on weekends. (Photos by Elva K. Österreich) RIGHT: A special canyon view hike will be held monthly through Dec. 8, providing cliff dwelling vistas and a strenuous adventure.


Guided Through the Dwellings


National monument offers ranger guided tours

ila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is offering 45-minute guided tours of the cliff dwellings with interpretive park rangers beginning at 1 p.m. on weekends. Each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, visitors can meet a ranger at the dwellings to explore and learn about the history of this special place that was home to the Mogollon people almost 800 years ago. Tours are available by request on other days and at other times but are dependent on staff availability. The program begins at the cliff dwellings. Plan for driving times of a little more than an hour

from Silver City to the monument. Give yourself enough time to hike the half mile from the trail head to the dwellings to be on time for the 1 p.m. start. Walkers are urged to wear sturdy shoes or boots, sunscreen, a hat and take plenty of water. The one-mile trail is moderately strenuous with a 185foot elevation gain up a slope to reach the dwellings, and then a half-mile downhill to return to the parking area.

Special tours and programs Interpretive Park Rangers are also presenting special pro-

grams to help visitors experience their park in a unique way. Programs are limited to 30 participants and reservations are required. For reservations call 575-536-9461. The ranger will provide program details when you reserve. Full Moon Hikes: The popular full moon hikes return in 2018. The program begins at night, taking visitors on a tour of the cliff dwellings under moonlight and with special programs that are not the standard daytime guided tour. Programs are one hour and require visitors to wear sturdy shoes or boots. Visitors should bring red-lens

flashlights or headlamps, and be ready for adventure. Standard park entrance fees apply to attend this program. Full moon hike dates are Saturdays, June 30, July 28, Aug. 25, Sept. 22 and Oct. 27. Canyon View of the Dwellings: Hike through Gila Wilderness to get spectacular cross-canyon views of the cliff dwellings below. Participants must wear sturdy outdoor clothing and hiking boots, bring water and a snack for the 3-4 hour program. Part of the hike is off trail through rugged and sometimes steep terrain at 6,000-feet in altitude. This is a strenuous hike

and may not be appropriate for young children and others not familiar with off-trail hiking. Hike dates are Saturday, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8. Gila Nights Program: A new program beginning this year to highlight the dark skies and stargazing opportunities the Gila has to offer. Join Rangers in the Gila Visitor Center parking lot to look through a variety of telescopes, discover planets, stars, nebulae and galaxies, and how humans shape stories around the night sky views. Gila Nights dates are Sept. 8 and Oct. 6.


Silver Smiles

Silver Smiles

Dr. Caytlyn Foy Bonura

It’s that time of year again. Many of us are putting away our swimsuits and bringing out notebooks and sharpening pencils for the start of a new school year. There is a lot of preparation that goes into getting ready for school each fall, and one thing at should not be left of the back to school checklist is proper dental care. In order to ensure that your child maintains their bright smile throughout the school year, here are some tips to consider as your child heads back to the classroom. 1.

Stay away from packing your child’s lunch with drinks that are high in sugar. Many sports drinks, energy drinks, soda and juices have anywhere between 5-12 teaspoons of sugar in one serving. The longer this sugar stays on your child’s teeth, the more likely they will develop tooth decay. Many children do not have a chance to brush their teeth throughout the day, so minimizing the amount of sugar in their lunch can help decrease their chances of cavities.


Pack snacks that are high in protein in your child’s lunch. High protein foods will minimize hunger, and as a result your child will be less likely to snack all day on sugary unhealthy foods that are found in many cafeterias and on-campus vending machines.


lf you want to occasionally add a sweet treat to your child’s lunch, try chocolate instead of other candies that are highly acidic and/or are more likely to stick to their teeth for long periods of time.


Fall is the time for many contact sports both on and off the field. Be sure to get a properly fitted mouthguard before trying out for your favorite team


Brush your teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste, and once your permanent teeth come in, make sure that you floss, too. There is less space between your permanent teeth, so it’s harder to get particles out of your teeth with just brushing.


Come in to see me! Regular dental appointments keep parents and children aware of their dental health, and they are less likely to develop cavities and dental related illnesses.

Silver Smiles 1608 N. Bennett St., Silver City, NM 575-534-3699


• Family Dentistry • Teeth Whitening • Root Canal treatment • Extractions • Children’s Dentistry • Dental Crowns & Fillings • Replacement Teeth • Porcelain Veneers • Accepts most PPO Dental Ins.

Silver Smiles 575-534-3699

Mon. - Thurs., 8AM - 5PM, CLOSED FRIDAY 1608 N. Bennett St., Silver City, NM

Caytlyn Bonura, DDS

Desert Exposure - July 2018  
Desert Exposure - July 2018