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

    Gila Cliff Dwellings

    National Monument New Mexico

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  • Time Change for Guided Tours

    Effective Sunday November 2nd, our daily guided tour will change to 1 PM. Through Saturday November 1st, the tour will be at 11 AM. You must be at the tour start (about 1/2 mile hike) by the start time. Of course, self guided tours are still available.

  • 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 »

Feast or Famine? Document M

Document: M

Title: Population of Gila Hot Springs

Author: Anita Deming

Source: Interview

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?

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.