• 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 »

  • Tour of the Gila may Impact Area Traffic

    If you are planning a visit between April 30 and May 4, be aware that area traffic may be impacted by the annual Tour of the Gila bicycle road race. For more information about the race, please visit tourofthegila.com. More »

  • Fire Restrictions on Gila National Forest

    Gila National Forest will implement smoking and fire restrictions beginning April 22. Smoking and fires are never permitted on Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument property. More »

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.