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 H
Title: Gila Trout
Source: Handout from New Mexico Game and Fish
Gila trout, Rio Grand cutthroat trout, and Apache trout are the only native trout species that occupy streams in Arizona and New Mexico. Gila trout is the only native trout species that occurs in both states. All of these native trout have experienced declines in their numbers and rang due to human activities. … in addition uncontrolled fishing during pioneer settlement depleted local populations. Current drainage that Gila trout can be found in is the East Fork Gila River and West Fork Gila River.
Did You Know?
Most of the wood seen in the Gila Cliff Dwellings today is original! Thirty-one core samples were taken from the wood. Dendrochronology (tree ring dating) indicates that the trees for the Cliff Dwellings were cut down from 1276 to 1287.