Temporary Closures Likely on 3/19-21/14
Hazard tree removal is planned at the trailhead to Gila Cliff Dwellings from Wednesday, 3/19 through Friday, 3/21. Temporary closures of the cliff dwellings are likely on those days. Please call 575-536-9461 for updates.
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?
Most of the wood seen in the Gila Cliff Dwellings today is original! Thirty-one core samples were taken from the wood. Dendrochronology (tree ring dating) indicates that the trees for the Cliff Dwellings were cut down from 1276 to 1287.