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

    Gila Cliff Dwellings

    National Monument New Mexico

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    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 »

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    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 K

Document: K

Title: Plant Remains

Author: Karen Adams and Lisa Huckell

Source: Archeological report of Plant remains at Gila Cliff Dwellings

Table A.1

Plant Taxa Recovered From Gila Cliff Dwellings Deposits

Common Name

Juniper

Pinyon

Yellow pine

Agave/yucca

Yucca

Gromwell

Prickly pear

Sunflower

Squash

Pumpkin

Bottlegourd

Oak

Muhly

Indian rice grass

Reedgrass

Dropseed

Corn

Walnut

Wild bean

Common bean

Cotton

Devil's claw

Four-o' clock

Choke cherry

Jimson weed

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

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.