• 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.

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?

Hummingbird

Seven different types of hummingbirds are seen at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument and the Gila National Forest: blue-throated hummingbird, magnificent hummingbird, black-chinned hummingbird, anna’s hummingbird, calliope hummingbird, broad-tailed hummingbird, and rufous hummingbird.