• 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.

Weather

A photo of dark clouds gathering above a tree lined ridge.

Gathering clouds above Cliff Dweller Canyon, as viewed from the Cliff Dwellings.

NPS Photo by Barry Nielsen

July and August are the rainy months, with the possibility of short but intense rain each day. Monthly rainfall can vary from almost three inches in August to a third of an inch in May, the driest month. Precipitation in winter ranges from about half an inch per month to an inch and a half. Humidity is normally quite low. Fog occurs in the mornings occasionally during summer. Small hail has occurred in the summer in conjunction with thunderstorms, but this is infrequent. Winters normally receive a few inches of snow.

Average monthly rainfall estimates in inches are:
Jan. - .71, Feb. - .68, Mar. - .65,
Apr. - .47, May - .33, Jun. - .58,
Jul. - 2.81, Aug. - 2.83, Sep. - 1.88,
Oct. - 1.59, Nov. - .50, Dec. - 1.44.

During the summer, daytime highs average in the 90s (F) while nighttime lows can reach into the 50s (F). During the winter, daytime highs can be in the 50s (F), while nighttime lows can reach into the teens. It could snow as early as October and as late as April. It could freeze even in June in areas of the highest altitudes.

Did You Know?

Montezuma Quail

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.