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

    Gila Cliff Dwellings

    National Monument New Mexico

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  • NM Highway 152 Closed

    NM Highway 152 between Hillsboro and San Lorenzo is closed due to multiple washouts. Anyone traveling south on Interstate 25 towards the Gila Cliff Dwellings should take NM 26 to Deming as an alternate route.

  • 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.

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?

Signature of Don Juan Ignacio Flores Mogollón

The ancient Puebloans of the area are often referred to as the "Mogollon people" by archeologists. This name was applied because of the nearby Mogollon Mountains. These mountains, in turn, were named for Don Juan Ignacio Flores Mogollón, the Spanish Governor, from 1712 to 1715, of what is now New Mexico.