NM Highway 152 Closed
NM Highway 152 between Hillsboro and San Lorenzo is closed due to multiple washouts. Anyone traveling south on Interstate 25 towards the Gila Cliff Dwellings should take NM 26 to Deming as an alternate route.
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 G
Title: Prehistoric Desert Peoples
Author: Jay Sharp
The Mogollon stored food, including grain from crops and seeds from wild plants, in bowl-sized to barrel-sized pits excavated inside or immediately outside their homes.
…in cadence with the seasons and with the inspiration of elaborate ritual, families planted corn, beans, squash and perhaps other crops along river banks, in washes and on bluffs…
Sharp, Jay. "Prehistoric Desert Peoples." www.desertusa.com/ind1/du_peo_mog.html . Desert USA, 2011. Web. 29 Jul 2011.
Did You Know?
Black bears, mountain lions and wolves are the largest predators in the area around the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. There are 107 bird species, 387 plant species, 37 mammal species, and 21 amphibian/reptile species at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.