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

    Gila Cliff Dwellings

    National Monument New Mexico

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  • 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 »

  • 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.

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?

Mortar Handprint

The Gila Cliff Dwellings were built in the 13th century by the ancient Puebloans of the Mogollon area. They formed the walls using chunks of Gila Conglomerate found within the caves. Mortar was required to keep the walls together. In some places you can still see the handprints of the builders.