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 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?
The Gila Cliff Dwellings were built in the 13th century by the ancient Puebloans of the Mogollon area. They formed the walls using chunks of Gila Conglomerate found within the caves. Mortar was required to keep the walls together. In some places you can still see the handprints of the builders.