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 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?
A shell bracelet found in the Gila Cliff Dwellings in New Mexico was traced to the Gulf of California. Other items indicate trade among the peoples of a large region including macaw parrot feathers, seeds from Mesoamerica, a buffalo scapula, and textiles from plants not grown in the area.