• 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 »

  • Tour of the Gila may Impact Area Traffic

    If you are planning a visit between April 30 and May 4, be aware that area traffic may be impacted by the annual Tour of the Gila bicycle road race. For more information about the race, please visit tourofthegila.com. More »

  • Fire Restrictions on Gila National Forest

    Gila National Forest will implement smoking and fire restrictions beginning April 22. Smoking and fires are never permitted on Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument property. More »

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?

Yucca fiber sandals

The ancient Puebloans of the Mogollon area used native plants for food, medicines, clothing and tools. The yucca plant was very useful. Yucca fibers were made into twine, nets, baskets, even paint brushes. These sandals, made from yucca, are in the Visitor Center Museum at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.