• 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 »

  • 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 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?

Shell Bracelet

A shell bracelet found in the Gila Cliff Dwellings in New Mexico was traced to the Gulf of California. Other items indicate trade among the peoples of a large region including macaw parrot feathers, seeds from Mesoamerica, a buffalo scapula, and textiles from plants not grown in the area.