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 M
Title: Population of Gila Hot Springs
Author: Anita Deming
Background: Anita Deming is a National Park Volunteer and has been a resident in the Gila Hot Springs community since 1996.
Q: How many people live in Gila Hot Springs?
A: I have been told that there are 12 people that live here year round. That number seems low to me because I see quite a few houses around plus all of the park service who live here. I would say less than 50 people total.
Deming, Anita. Interview by Arren Swift. 07 Jul 2011. Print. 29 Jul 2011.
Did You Know?
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.