• 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 »

  • Fire Restrictions on Gila National Forest

    Gila National Forest currently has fire restrictions in place. Smoking and fires are never permitted on Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument property. 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 I

Document: I

Title: Faunal Remains

Author: Charmion McKusick

Source: Archeological report of Faunal remains at Gila Cliff Dwellings

Table 15.1

Distribution of Avian Species

Taxon Cave 1 Cave 2 Cave 3 Cave 4-5 Cave 6
Cinnamon Teal 1
Common Merganser 1
Red-Breasted Merganser 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Mearns' Quail 1 1
Turkey 4 20 9
Band-Tailed Pigeon 1
Mourning Dove 2
Thick-Billed Parrot 1
Scarlet Macaw 1
Spotted Owl 1
Red-Shafted Flicker 1
Acorn Woodpecker 1
Steller's Jay 1
White-Necked Raven 1

Did You Know?

Signature of Don Juan Ignacio Flores Mogollón

The ancient Puebloans of the area are often referred to as the "Mogollon people" by archeologists. This name was applied because of the nearby Mogollon Mountains. These mountains, in turn, were named for Don Juan Ignacio Flores Mogollón, the Spanish Governor, from 1712 to 1715, of what is now New Mexico.