• 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 »

Reptiles

A photo opf a Blacktail rattlesnake in the brush near trail to the Cliff Dwellings

Blacktail rattlesnake.

NPS Photo by Jamie Corson

The following reptiles 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.

Unless otherwise noted, abundance ranges from uncommon to fairly common to common.
Sonora Mud Turtle Ornate Box Turtle Spiny softshell - rare
Gila monster - rare
Western Banded Gecko, Collared lizard, Lesser earless lizard, Greater earless lizard, Crevice spiny lizard, Eastern Fence lizard, Clark's Spiny lizard, Plateau lizard, Desert Spiny lizard, Tree lizard, Short-horned lizard, Texas Horned lizard, Round-tailed lizard,
Many-lined skink, Great Plains skink,
Chihuahuan Spotted Whiptail, Desert-grassland Whiptail, Western Whiptail, Gila Spotted Whiptail,
Madrean alligator Lizard,
Texas blind snake - rare
Western blind snake, Black-necked garter snake, Narrowhead garter snake, Checkered garter snake, Western Terrestrial garter snake,
Striped whipsnake, Ring-necked coachwhip snake, Bull snake,
Big Bend Patchnose snake, Mountain Patchnose snake,
Plains blackhead snake, Southwestern blackhead snake - rare Common kingsnake, Sonora Mountain kingsnake,
Arizona coral snake - rare
Black-tailed rattlesnake, Western diamond-backed rattlesnake, Western rattlesnake, Rock rattlesnake

 

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.