• 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.

Feast or Famine? Document D

Document: D

Title: Final Report on Preliminary Organic Residue Testing of Several Modified Rock Features at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

Author: Tammy Buonasera

Source: Report

… This residue also contained several hydroxyl acids including two peaks identified as an unusual dihydroxy fatty acid. Small amounts of 9, 10 dihydroxy octadecanoic acid are known to occur in very few seeds. Interestingly, this compound was also identified in an aged experimental grinding tool that was used to grind commercially grown, domesticated sunflower seeds…

Buonasera, Tammy. "Report on Preliminary Organic Residue Testing of Several Modified Rock Features at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument." Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. Sonoran Desert Research Station , 2002. Print.

Did You Know?

Cliff Dwelling Wood

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.