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

    Gila Cliff Dwellings

    National Monument New Mexico

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  • NM Highway 152 Closed

    NM Highway 152 between Hillsboro and San Lorenzo is closed due to multiple washouts. Anyone traveling south on Interstate 25 towards the Gila Cliff Dwellings should take NM 26 to Deming as an alternate route.

  • 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 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?

Mortar Handprint

The Gila Cliff Dwellings were built in the 13th century by the ancient Puebloans of the Mogollon area. They formed the walls using chunks of Gila Conglomerate found within the caves. Mortar was required to keep the walls together. In some places you can still see the handprints of the builders.