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 B
Title: The Personal Narrative of James O. Pattie
Author: Pattie, James O.
"we reached a point, where the river forked, and encamped on the point between the forks. We found here a boiling spring so near the main stream, that the fish caught in the one might be thrown into the other… In six minutes it would be thoroughly cooked."
Ohio, James, and Richard Batman. Personal narrative of James O. Pattie. Scurlock Pub Co, 1988. Print.
Did You Know?
Mimbres pottery provides a glimpse into the world of the ancient Puebloans of the Mimbres region, a subset of the Mogollon area. Some of the pottery depicts activities such as hunting, fishing, and gaming. Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is the only National Park Service unit that was established specifically to preserve structures created by the ancient Puebloans of the Mogollon area.