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 F
Title: The Archeology of Gila Cliff Dwellings
Author: Keith Anderson
The West Fork of the Gila meanders over gravel bottoms in a valley 115 m to 400 m wide. There are small pockets of apparently stable soil, through rocky and sandy, that were in all likelihood productive locations for farming near the river, downstream from Cliff Dweller Canyon. Equally promising are benches and terraces 12 m to 35 m above the river channel. There is a permanent spring 100 m below the dwellings. …the growing season is about 150 days…
Anderson, Keith. The Archeology of Gila Cliff Dwellings. 1. Tucson: Western Archeological and Conservation Center, 1986. 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.