There are numerous trails in the vicinity of Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument that provide opportunities for self-guided exploration.
Before starting any hike, check current weather and river conditions. Be prepared for changing conditions, and always take plenty of water. Please "leave no trace," pack out all trash, but leave all artifacts and natural objects exactly where you find them. Report any disturbance of cultural sites or natural resources to staff at the Gila Visitor Center.
In-depth descriptions of each hike are available at the Gila Visitor Center.
Cliff Dweller Canyon
Middle Fork Trail (on Gila National Forest and New Mexico State Property)
Trail to the Past (near Lower Scorpion Campground on US Forest Service Property)
West Fork Trail (partially on National Park Service Property and continues onto US Forest Service Property)
Did You Know?
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.