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 L
Title: Gila Cliff Dwellings an Introduction to Plants and Animals in the Area
Author: James Kavanagh
Source: A pocket naturalist guide
Animals common to Gila Cliff Dwellings
Great blue heron
Western Ribbon Snake
Crevice Spiny Lizard
Eastern Fence Lizard
Mexican Gray Wolf
Kavanagh, James. The Archeology of Gila Cliff Dwellings. 1. Tucson: Western Archeological and Conservation Center, 1986. Print.
Did You Know?
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.