• 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 Every Day

    Due to a current shortage of volunteer staffing, guided tours of the cliff are not offered every day. Check at the visitor center upon arrival. Volunteers at the Cliff Dwellings will still be available to answer questions during your self guided tours.

Wildflowers

A photo of a brilliant blue fleabane with a yellow center seen along a trail.

Spreading fleabane along the trail to the Cliff Dwellings.

NPS Photo by Barry Nielsen

In the vicinity of the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, there is a rich abundance and variety of wild flowers. Those who visit the Monument often would notice a constant change of flowers in bloom as the seasons advance. There are many opportunities for someone who likes to capture the beauty of the flowers with their cameras.

Some of the common flowers include:
Common Aster, Beebalm,
Rocky Mountain Beeplant,
Blanketflower, Cattail,
Golden Colombine, Cutleaf Coneflower,
Cosmos, Sacred Datura,
Evening Primrose, False Solomon's Seal,
Four O'Clock, Gilia,
Goldensmoke, Globemallow,
New Mexico Lupine, Goldensmoke,
Horsetail, Larkspur,
Locoweed, Meadow Rue,
Wild Mint, Dwarf Mistletoe,
Yellow Monkey Flower, Morning Glory,
Indian Paintbrush, Beardlip Penstemon,
Purple Penstemon, Prickly Poppy,
Rush, Mexican Silene, Snakeweed,
Vine Snapdragon, Stinging Nettle,
Sunflower, White Sweet Clover,
Yellow Sweet Clover, New Mexico Thistle,
Vervain, Canada Violet,
Watercress, Wood Sorrel,
Western Yarrow, and many more.

In addition, many of the Cactus plants have beautiful flowers. In June, for example, the prickly pear cactus just downslope of the Cliff Dwellings have beautiful yellow flowers. In May, the Clarut Cup Cactus bloom with beautiful red flowers.

If you would like a more complete list of flowers common in this area, click on the link, "Common Plants in the Vicinity of Gila Cliff Dwellings."

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.