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

    Gila Cliff Dwellings

    National Monument New Mexico

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  • 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.

For Teachers

Lesson Plan for High School Students Created by 2011 Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Arren Swift

Feast or Famine? Document Based Question Essay Lesson Plan

Activities for Younger Students

Links to activities for younger students are available on our ranger-guided tour page.

 

Education Groups May Qualify for a Fee Waiver

Visit our Fees and Reservations page for more information.

 
A close-up of a student walking through a field.
Student on a tour at the monument.
 

A field trip to Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument and first-hand explorations of its resources gives students a wonderful opportunity to form their own intellectual and emotional connections to our shared cultural heritage.

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.