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.
Gila Cliff Dwellings Geology Tour on Thursday, August 22 at 10 am
Contact: Rodney Sauter, 575-536-9461
Ever wondered how the canyon and caves that are home to the Gila Cliff Dwellings were formed? Volunteer-in-Park Xavier Bruehler will lead a special geology tour of Cliff Dweller Canyon at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument on Thursday, August 22 at 10 am to explore the ancient origins of this volcanic landscape. Xavier Bruehler earned his degree in Environmental Geology from Western Washington University. His special tour will begin at the trailhead to the Gila Cliff Dwellings, last approximately one hour and involve hiking the one-mile loop trail to and through the Gila Cliff Dwellings. The trail is rugged and climbs 180 feet in elevation. Please carry water and dress for the weather. Please plan to eat before or after the tour since food and beverages other than water are not permitted along the trail. Pets are not permitted on the trail, but self-serve outdoor kennels are available near the trailhead. Visitors are also invited to join the 45-minute tour of the cliff dwellings themselves which is currently offered every day at 11 am.
There is a $3.00 per adult (16 years and older) entrance fee to Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. Self-guided tours are available throughout monument hours. The entrance to the Gila Cliff Dwellings opens at 9 am. Last entry is at 4 pm, and all must exit by 5pm. Area thunderstorms at any time may require that the trail be closed for staff and visitor safety. Visiting before noon generally lessens the chance of being affected by area thunderstorms. The Gila Visitor Center and Western National Parks Association Park Store are open from 8 am to 4:30 pm.
Since area weather conditions can change rapidly, please call the Gila Visitor Center at 575-536-9461 for the latest information and current conditions before visiting. For more information about Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, visit www.nps.gov/gicl.
Did You Know?
Black bears, mountain lions and wolves are the largest predators in the area around the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. There are 107 bird species, 387 plant species, 37 mammal species, and 21 amphibian/reptile species at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.