Thunderstorm Safety Closures Possible
When thunderstorms are nearby, the trail to and from the Gila Cliff Dwellings is closed. Please check local forecasts before you visit. Thunderstorms are typically more likely in the afternoon. On some afternoons it is not possible to reopen. More »
Fire Restrictions on Gila National Forest
Gila National Forest currently has fire restrictions in place. Smoking and fires are never permitted on Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument property. More »
Guided Tours Currently Not Available on Many Days
Due to a current shortage of volunteer staffing, guided tours of the cliff dwellings are offered only infrequently. Self-guided tours remain available from 9 am to 4 pm MDT daily.
Be A Junior Ranger
Junior and Senior Ranger Program
If you'd like to get an early start on the booklet before you arrive, it is available to download and print.
You must visit the park in order to earn your Junior Ranger badge.
For children 6 and under a Jr. Junior Ranger handout is available at the Visitor Center and Contact Station.
Junior Ranger Program booklet: "Welcome To Our Home in the Gila"
Children (and adults) of all ages may earn a certificate and patch by visiting the monument and completing the Senior Ranger booklet.
Senior Ranger Program booklet: "Discover Cliff Dweller Canyon"
For children who want to become a Junior Ranger but are not able to visit the park, please check out the National Park Service's WebRanger program.
Did You Know?
When visiting the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, you’ll see corn cobs that are over 700 years old! The ancient Puebloans of the Mogollon area grew corn, beans and squash, including some varieties from Mesoamerica. This substantiates trade amongst the peoples of a large region.