• 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 E

Document: E

Title: Mogollon Prehistoric cultures of the Southwest

Author: Rose Houk

Source: Book

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?

Montezuma Quail

When afraid, Montezuma Quail simply freeze in place. This defense mechanism works against them when they encounter modern vehicles and freeze in place in the middle of the road. Montezuma Quail can be seen at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument and surrounding Gila Wilderness.