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

    Gila Cliff Dwellings

    National Monument New Mexico

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  • 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.

For Kids

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument Junior Ranger Badge

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

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Become a WebRanger at home and then become a Gila Cliff Dwellings Junior Ranger when you come here!

Junior and Senior Ranger Program at Gila Cliff Dwellings
Pick up a Junior Ranger book (ages 7-12) or a Jr. Junior Ranger handout (6 or younger) or a Senior Ranger book (ages 12 and up) at the Visitor Center or Contact Station. Bring the finished book back to the Visitor Center when you're done to get your badge and certificate. You may also download the Junior Ranger and Senior Ranger books here.

Did You Know?

Montezuma Quail

When afraid, Montezuma Quail simply freeze in place. This defense mechanism works against them when they encounter modern vehicles and freeze in place in the middle of the road. Montezuma Quail can be seen at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument and surrounding Gila Wilderness.