• 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 »

  • 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.

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?

Cliff Dwelling Vigas

Stone axes made it challenging for the ancient Puebloans of the Mogollon area to cut down trees for vigas (roof beams) in the Gila Cliff Dwellings. So, before chopping the tree trunks, they would burn a small fire around the base of the trunk to weaken it so their axes could cut it down more easily.