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 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.
Feast or Famine? Document A
Title: Adventures, Explorations and Attempts at Settlement in the Gila Forks Area
Author: Kara Naber
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?
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.