• 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 »

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?

Mimbres Pottery

Mimbres pottery provides a glimpse into the world of the ancient Puebloans of the Mimbres region, a subset of the Mogollon area. Some of the pottery depicts activities such as hunting, fishing, and gaming. Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is the only National Park Service unit that was established specifically to preserve structures created by the ancient Puebloans of the Mogollon area.