• 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 »

  • 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.

Accessibility

Accessibility

Due to the roughness and elevation gains of the one mile trail to the Cliff Dwellings, this trail is not wheelchair accessible. The trail to the Cliff Dwellings is not paved and both the final section ascending to the Dwellings and the trail descending from them are very steep. The Dwellings are entered via a short staircase and may be exited, if desired, via a wooden ladder.

Part of the "Trail to the Past" at the nearby Lower Scorpion Campground is wheelchair accessible (for viewing of pictographs).

The Gila Visitor Center and the trailhead Contact Station are wheelchair accessible. An interactive CD is availble at the Gila Visitor Center.

Did You Know?

Agave Thistle Needle

The ancient Puebloans of the Mogollon area used the spiny tips of leaves from the agave plant as needles for sewing. This item is in the Visitor Center Museum at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.