• 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 »

  • Fire Restrictions on Gila National Forest

    Gila National Forest currently has fire restrictions in place. Smoking and fires are never permitted on Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument property. More »

  • Guided Tours Currently Not Available on Many Days

    Due to a current shortage of volunteer staffing, guided tours of the cliff dwellings are offered only infrequently. Self-guided tours remain available from 9 am to 4 pm MDT daily.


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?

Shell Bracelet

A shell bracelet found in the Gila Cliff Dwellings in New Mexico was traced to the Gulf of California. Other items indicate trade among the peoples of a large region including macaw parrot feathers, seeds from Mesoamerica, a buffalo scapula, and textiles from plants not grown in the area.