• Visitors hike along the base of the Gila Cliff Dwellings.

    Gila Cliff Dwellings

    National Monument New Mexico

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?

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.