• Visitors hike along the base of the Gila Cliff Dwellings.

    Gila Cliff Dwellings

    National Monument New Mexico

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  • 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 H

Document: H

Title: Gila Trout

Author: Unknown

Source: Handout from New Mexico Game and Fish

History

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?

Shell Bracelet

A shell bracelet found in the Gila Cliff Dwellings in New Mexico was traced to the Gulf of California. Other items indicate trade among the peoples of a large region including macaw parrot feathers, seeds from Mesoamerica, a buffalo scapula, and textiles from plants not grown in the area.