• Visitors hike along the base of the Gila Cliff Dwellings.

    Gila Cliff Dwellings

    National Monument New Mexico

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  • Time Change for Guided Tours

    Effective Sunday November 2nd, our daily guided tour will change to 1 PM. Through Saturday November 1st, the tour will be at 11 AM. You must be at the tour start (about 1/2 mile hike) by the start time. Of course, self guided tours are still available.

  • NM Highway 152 Closed

    NM Highway 152 between Hillsboro and San Lorenzo is closed due to multiple washouts. Anyone traveling south on Interstate 25 towards the Gila Cliff Dwellings should take NM 26 to Deming as an alternate route.

  • 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 »

Fish

A photo of Gila Trout on display at the Contact Station.

Gila Trout mockup on display at the Contact Station.

NPS Photo by Barry Nielsen

Most notable of the species of fish is the endangered Gila trout, which is being forced out by the imported Brown trout and Rainbow trout. Endangered species of fish in the Gila National Forest are the Gila trout, Chihuahua chub, Beautiful Shiner, and Gila Topminnow. The Loach minnow and spikedace are listed as threatened. Species listed as sensitive are the Rio Grande Cutthroat trout, Roundtail chub, and Rio Grande sucker. The following species are listed in the brochure "Fish, Amphibians, Reptiles and Mammals...A Species Checklist for the Gila National Forest," which can be obtained by calling the Gila Cliff Dwellings Visitor Center at (575) 536-9461 or by clicking on the link below.

Unless otherwise noted, the abundance of a species may range from uncommon to fairly common to common.
Gila trout - rare
Rio Grande cutthroat trout - rare
Rainbow trout, Cutthroat trout, Brown Trout, Chihuahua chub - rare
Roundtail chub Spikedace - rare
Loach minnow - rare
Speckled dace, Longfin dace, Fathead minnow, Red shiner, Beautiful shiner - extirpated
Carp Desert sucker, Rio Grande sucker, Sonora sucker, Channel catfish, Black bullhead, Yellow bullhead, Flathead catfish, Gila topminnow - extirpated
Mosquitofish, Smallmouth bass, Largemouth bass, Bluegill, Green sunfish, Longear sunfish, White crappie

 

Did You Know?

Signature of Don Juan Ignacio Flores Mogollón

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.