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

    Gila Cliff Dwellings

    National Monument New Mexico

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  • 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 »

  • 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.

Hot Springs / Geothermal Areas

A photo of a visitor enjoying the hot springs at Lightfeather Hot Spring in December

Visitor at Lightfeather Hot Spring in December.

NPS Photo by Anita Deming

There are several hot springs in the National Forest and within hiking distance of the visitors center. Temperatures range from hot to very hot. Two of the most popular are Jordan Hot Springs and Lightfeather Hot Springs.

Light feather is about a twenty minute walk and two river crossings away from the Gila Visitors Center along Trail 157. It is situated in a steep canyon and flows from the base of a hill into the Middle Fork of the Gila River. The water pulses from the ground in about one minute increments and has a temperature of about 130 degrees. Geothermal activity may cause the rocks in the riverbed to be hot in some spots.

Jordan Hot Springs is six miles from the visitors center via Little Bear Canyon and eight miles via the Middle Fork route. The hot springs is about twenty feet in diameter, is about three feet deep, and has a water temperature of about 94 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a very popular hot spring and many people use it.

Be aware that an organism in the water may cause a form of meningitis, if the organism comes into contact with mucus membranes, and therefore it is not advisable to immerse one's head in the springs.

Did You Know?

Montezuma Quail

When afraid, Montezuma Quail simply freeze in place. This defense mechanism works against them when they encounter modern vehicles and freeze in place in the middle of the road. Montezuma Quail can be seen at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument and surrounding Gila Wilderness.