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

    Gila Cliff Dwellings

    National Monument New Mexico

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  • 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 »

  • 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 N

Document: N

Title: Mogollon Prehistoric Cultures of the Southwest

Author: Rose Houk

Source: Book

…In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, most Mogollon people had found a mecca in central Arizona. Pueblos there grew to house more people, and by the fourteenth century nearly everyone was living in communities of one hundred to eight hundred rooms. Northern folk were entering the mountains from the plateau country, sometimes living with the Mogollon, other times setting up their own pueblos. People were migrating in from the east and from the southern deserts as well. Severe drought, lasting from 1276 to 1299, had hit parts of the Southwest, and the mountains offered refuge.

Houk, Rose. Mogollon. Western Natl Parks Assoc, 1992. Print.

Did You Know?

Signature of Don Juan Ignacio Flores Mogollón

The ancient Puebloans of the area are often referred to as the "Mogollon people" by archeologists. This name was applied because of the nearby Mogollon Mountains. These mountains, in turn, were named for Don Juan Ignacio Flores Mogollón, the Spanish Governor, from 1712 to 1715, of what is now New Mexico.