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 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 O
Title: Plans of expansion by the Mogollon within the Gila Cliff Dwellings
Author: Arren Swift
Source: Quote for a National Park Ranger
"According to Archeologist Larry Nordby there is evidence in the Gila Cliff Dwellings of unfinished construction. It is a possibility that the Mogollon were in the process of expanding their living quarters prior to their departure from the site."
Swift, Arren. Interview by unknown. 21 jul 2011. Print. 29 Jul 2011.
Did You Know?
Mimbres pottery provides a glimpse into the world of the ancient Puebloans of the Mimbres region, a subset of the Mogollon area. Some of the pottery depicts activities such as hunting, fishing, and gaming. Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is the only National Park Service unit that was established specifically to preserve structures created by the ancient Puebloans of the Mogollon area.