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.
NPS Photo by Barry Nielsen
The extreme range in elevation in the Gila National Forest and the many corresponding vegetation types provide for a diverse fauna which includes 30 species of fish, 11 species of amphibians, 44 species of reptiles, and 84 species of mammals. The relative abundance of the species listed in this website ranges from common to rare to extipated and includes species listed as of endangered, threatened, or sensitive status according to the federal government.
Did You Know?
Geronimo said, “I was born at the headwaters of the Gila River.” The Gila area in New Mexico is the traditional homeland of the Eastern Bands of Chiricahua Apache and remains important to their oral traditions, history and cultural identity.