• 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 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.

Plan A Field Trip

A successful field trip begins with good planning. Everything a group leader needs to know may be found on these pages.

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Educator’s Tips
It is a two-mile drive from the Visitor Center to the Contact Station, the trailhead for Cliff Dweller Canyon. Plan on hiking a total of one mile to see the Cliff Dwellings (approx. 1.5 hours).

Please note that there are no trash facilities anywhere in the park. Plan on collecting trash and recyclables during your visit. Properly dispose of these items once back at the school site.

There are no facilities to purchase food or beverages within the park.

Did You Know?


Seven different types of hummingbirds are seen at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument and the Gila National Forest: blue-throated hummingbird, magnificent hummingbird, black-chinned hummingbird, anna’s hummingbird, calliope hummingbird, broad-tailed hummingbird, and rufous hummingbird.