• 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.

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?

Cliff Dwelling Wood

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.