• 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 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?

Mexican Grey Wolf

Black bears, mountain lions and wolves are the largest predators in the area around the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. There are 107 bird species, 387 plant species, 37 mammal species, and 21 amphibian/reptile species at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.