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
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 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.