• 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.

Cacti / Desert Succulents

A photo of the ripe bright red fruit of the prickly pear cactus.

Ripe red fruit of the prickly pear cactus.

NPS Photo by Barry Nielsen

Cactus common to the area include: Prickly Pear, Fendler's Hedgehog, Claret Cup Hedgehog, Cane Cholla.

Succulents include: Soaptree Yucca, Banana Yucca, Parry Agave, Desert Spoon.

Did You Know?

Agave Thistle Needle

The ancient Puebloans of the Mogollon area used the spiny tips of leaves from the agave plant as needles for sewing. This item is in the Visitor Center Museum at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.