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 great ecological diversity of the Gila National Forest provides for a remarkably varied bird fauna; 166 species are known to breed in the Gila, 114 others are more or less regular non-breeders, and 57 species are considered to be casual (recorded 3-5 times) or accidental (recorded once or twice). To obtain a checklist of local birds call the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument Visitor Center at (575) 536-9461 and ask for a copy of the brochure "Birds of the Gila National Forest: A Checklist" or click on the link below.
Did You Know?
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.