• 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 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?

Agave Thistle Needle

The ancient Puebloans of the Mogollon area used the spiny tips of leaves from the agave plant as needles for sewing. This item is in the Visitor Center Museum at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.