• 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 »

  • 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

A photo of the Gila River viewed from Route 15 enroute to the Cliff Dwellings

Gila River viewed from Route 15

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?

Cliff Dwelling Wood

Most of the wood seen in the Gila Cliff Dwellings today is original! Thirty-one core samples were taken from the wood. Dendrochronology (tree ring dating) indicates that the trees for the Cliff Dwellings were cut down from 1276 to 1287.