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 D
Title: Final Report on Preliminary Organic Residue Testing of Several Modified Rock Features at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
Author: Tammy Buonasera
… 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?
The ancient Puebloans of the Mogollon area used native plants for food, medicines, clothing and tools. The yucca plant was very useful. Yucca fibers were made into twine, nets, baskets, even paint brushes. These sandals, made from yucca, are in the Visitor Center Museum at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.