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?
Black bears, mountain lions and wolves are the largest predators in the area around the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. There are 107 bird species, 387 plant species, 37 mammal species, and 21 amphibian/reptile species at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.