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 »
Fire Restrictions on Gila National Forest
Gila National Forest currently has fire restrictions in place. Smoking and fires are never permitted on Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument property. More »
Guided Tours Currently Not Available on Many Days
Due to a current shortage of volunteer staffing, guided tours of the cliff dwellings are offered only infrequently. Self-guided tours remain available from 9 am to 4 pm MDT daily.
Feast or Famine? Document N
Title: Mogollon Prehistoric Cultures of the Southwest
Author: Rose Houk
…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?
Geronimo said, “I was born at the headwaters of the Gila River.” The Gila area in New Mexico is the traditional homeland of the Eastern Bands of Chiricahua Apache and remains important to their oral traditions, history and cultural identity.