• 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.


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?

Signature of Don Juan Ignacio Flores Mogollón

The ancient Puebloans of the area are often referred to as the "Mogollon people" by archeologists. This name was applied because of the nearby Mogollon Mountains. These mountains, in turn, were named for Don Juan Ignacio Flores Mogollón, the Spanish Governor, from 1712 to 1715, of what is now New Mexico.