• Visitors hike along the base of the Gila Cliff Dwellings.

    Gila Cliff Dwellings

    National Monument New Mexico

There are park alerts in effect.
hide Alerts »
  • Time Change for Guided Tours

    Effective Sunday November 2nd, our daily guided tour will change to 1 PM. Through Saturday November 1st, the tour will be at 11 AM. You must be at the tour start (about 1/2 mile hike) by the start time. Of course, self guided tours are still available.

  • NM Highway 152 Closed

    NM Highway 152 between Hillsboro and San Lorenzo is closed due to multiple washouts. Anyone traveling south on Interstate 25 towards the Gila Cliff Dwellings should take NM 26 to Deming as an alternate route.

  • 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 »

Special Information

This page was last updated on Monday, September 2, 2013 at 4 pm MDT

Since conditions can change rapidly, please call the Gila Visitor Center at 575-536-9461 for the latest information and current conditions.

Be advised that the "monsoon" (or rainy) season is still here and afternoon and evening thunderstorms are likely to occur. Visitors arriving before noon are more likely to avoid thunderstorm activity. The trail to and from the cliff dwellings is temporarily closed when nearby lightning or potential flash flooding poses a threat to visitors and staff. On many afternoons, it is not possible to reopen the trail due to the hazards associated with nearby lightning. Guided tours may be cancelled. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions. Be prepared to take shelter if lightning is nearby. The safest place to take shelter is within a building or within a vehicle with the doors and windows closed. For your safety when visiting the monument, please follow the instructions of park staff. For more information about lightning safety, visit www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov.

For the latest weather forecast and area alerts, visit forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=33.22777502404423&lon=-108.26820373535156&site=abq&unit=0&lg=en&FcstType=text.

Fire Safety: Fires and smoking are never permitted within Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. For current information on closures in the Gila National Forest and any fire restrictions, please visit www.fs.usda.gov/gila. Extreme caution is advised when visiting areas affected by recent wildfires. Numerous hazards exist.

For more information about area fires, burned area emergency response, and forest closures, please visit: www.fs.usda.gov/gila and www.inciweb.org or www.inciweb.nwcg.gov. You may also call the Wilderness Ranger District of the Gila National Forest at 575-536-2250.

Did You Know?

Cliff Dwelling Wood

Most of the wood seen in the Gila Cliff Dwellings today is original! Thirty-one core samples were taken from the wood. Dendrochronology (tree ring dating) indicates that the trees for the Cliff Dwellings were cut down from 1276 to 1287.