Monument Closed on December 25 and January 1
In order to allow volunteer staff to enjoy the holidays, Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25, 2013 and New Year's Day, January 1, 2014.
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument Remains Closed
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?
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.