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.
Rivers and Streams
NPS Photo by Barry Nielsen
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument lies at the confluence of the West and Middle Forks of the Gila River. At this point the rivers are usually less than fifty feet wide and about a foot deep. Hikers should be aware that during the rainy season of July-September, runoff from rains in distant canyons may create flash floods.
Gila River flow data maintained by US Geological Suvey
Did You Know?
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.