• 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 »

  • Tour of the Gila may Impact Area Traffic

    If you are planning a visit between April 30 and May 4, be aware that area traffic may be impacted by the annual Tour of the Gila bicycle road race. For more information about the race, please visit tourofthegila.com. More »

  • Fire Restrictions on Gila National Forest

    Gila National Forest will implement smoking and fire restrictions beginning April 22. Smoking and fires are never permitted on Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument property. More »

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument Remains Closed

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Date: September 15, 2013
Contact: Rodney Sauter, 575-536-9461

Flood waters from heavy rainshowers received within the past few days along the Gila River within the Gila National Forest has required the temporary closing of Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument and the Gila Visitor Center.

Re-opening of both facilities is expected sometime this week when water levels decrease, heavy rains subside, and any needed maintenance work along a portion of N.M. State Highway 15 has been conducted.

N.M. 15 that provides access to Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument and Gila National Forest's nearby recreation facilities has been temporarily closed by the N.M. Department of Transportation as of yesterday, September 14th. The closure is immediately north of Doc Campbell's Post in Gila Hot Springs. Doc Campbell's remains open for business.

Campgrounds in the area that include the Grapevine, Lower Forks, and Lower and Upper Scorpion remain temporarily closed. Upper Forks campground remains open.

Please contact the Gila Visitor Center between 8 am and 4:30 pm MDT at 575.536.9461 for further information.

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.