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 E
Title: Mogollon Prehistoric cultures of the Southwest
Author: Rose Houk
There was a drastic decrease, nearly 80 percent, in the amount of cultivated foods found in the Tularosa Cave deposits dating from C.E. 500 to 700. For unclear reasons the adaptable Mogollon temporarily halted their agriculture pursuits and returned to a greater dependence on wild foods. But by C.E. 700 improved strains of corn, along with the complementary beans and squash, reappeared in the Mogollon diet in larger percentages.
Houk, Rose. Mogollon. Western Natl Parks Assoc, 1992. Print.
Did You Know?
When visiting the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, you’ll see corn cobs that are over 700 years old! The ancient Puebloans of the Mogollon area grew corn, beans and squash, including some varieties from Mesoamerica. This substantiates trade amongst the peoples of a large region.