• 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.

Feast or Famine? Document A

Document: A

Title: Adventures, Explorations and Attempts at Settlement in the Gila Forks Area

Author: Kara Naber

Source: Paper

The land could amply provide for small groups of people living at a substance level. Compared to the much more sparse and arid regions to the south and west, the abundance and variety of flora and fauna was the modern equivalent of living in a shopping center with a supermarket, pharmacy, and building supply store. But the Mogollon had one more economic advantage. In addition to being hunters and gathers, they were also accomplished farmers.

…the Tularosa Mogollon who built the Gila Cliff Dwellings remained only a relatively short time before moving on.

Naber, Kara. "Adventures, Explorations and Attempts at Settlement in the Gila Forks Area." Silver City Sun News Print.

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.