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 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?
Most of the wood seen in the Gila Cliff Dwellings today is original! Thirty-one core samples were taken from the wood. Dendrochronology (tree ring dating) indicates that the trees for the Cliff Dwellings were cut down from 1276 to 1287.