• 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 »

  • Tour of the Gila may Impact Area Traffic

    If you are planning a visit between April 30 and May 4, be aware that area traffic may be impacted by the annual Tour of the Gila bicycle road race. For more information about the race, please visit tourofthegila.com. More »

  • Fire Restrictions on Gila National Forest

    Gila National Forest will implement smoking and fire restrictions beginning April 22. Smoking and fires are never permitted on Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument property. More »

Feast or Famine? Document J

Document: J

Title: Faunal Remains

Author: Charmion McKusick

Source: Archeological report of Faunal remains at Gila Cliff Dwellings

Table 15.4

Distribution of Mammalian Species

Taxon Cave 1 Cave 2 Cave 3 Cave 4-5 Cave 6
Black-Tailed Jack Rabbit 1 29 7
Rabbit 1 12 74 55 3
Desert Cottontail 1
Yellow-Bellied Marmot 3 1
Black-Tailed Prairie Dog 1
Rock Squirrel 1 1 11 5
Cliff Chipmunk 1
Abert's Squirrel 1
Valley Pocket Gopher 2 12 15
Beaver 1 1 4 1
White-Throated Woodrat 1 16 5
Muskrat 2 3 1
Coyote 2
Gray Fox 1 5 7
Ringtail 1
Raccoon 3 1
Deer/Pronghorn 4
Elk 1
Mule Deer 4 21 58 59
White-Tailed Deer 1 4 12 5
cf. Bison 1 2 18
American Bison 1 4


McKusick , Charmion. The Archeology of Gila Cliff Dwellings. 1. Tucson: Western Archeological and Conservation Center, 1986. Print.

Did You Know?

Montezuma Quail

When afraid, Montezuma Quail simply freeze in place. This defense mechanism works against them when they encounter modern vehicles and freeze in place in the middle of the road. Montezuma Quail can be seen at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument and surrounding Gila Wilderness.