• 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.

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?

Mexican Grey Wolf

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.