• Visitors hike along the base of the Gila Cliff Dwellings.

    Gila Cliff Dwellings

    National Monument New Mexico

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  • NM Highway 152 Closed

    NM Highway 152 between Hillsboro and San Lorenzo is closed due to multiple washouts. Anyone traveling south on Interstate 25 towards the Gila Cliff Dwellings should take NM 26 to Deming as an alternate route.

  • 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 »

  • Guided Tours Currently Not Available Every Day

    Due to a current shortage of volunteer staffing, guided tours of the cliff are not offered every day. Check at the visitor center upon arrival. Volunteers at the Cliff Dwellings will still be available to answer questions during your self guided tours.

Be A Junior Ranger

Gila Cliff Dwellings Junior Ranger badge.

The design on the Jr. Ranger badge is from classic Mimbres black and white pottery.

NPS Photo

Junior and Senior Ranger Program


Children ages 7-12 can pick up a Junior Ranger booklet at the Visitor Center or Contact Station. To become a Junior Ranger each child must complete at least four specific activities while visiting the park. Upon completion of the program, the new Junior Ranger is awarded a certificate of completion as well as a Junior Ranger badge.

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"
(PDF) (5.76 MB)

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"
(PDF) (10.8 MB)

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?

700-year old corn

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.