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.
Camping is available in the surrounding Gila National Forest.
Upper and Lower Scorpion Campgrounds
Scorpion Campgrounds provide primitive camping opportunities along the West Fork of the Gila River. The Scorpion Campgrounds are U.S. Forest Service campgrounds located approximately one-half mile south of the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument just off NM State Highway 15. Drinking water is available at the RV station located at the parking area for the Gila Visitor Center (approximately 1 1/2 miles away). Tables and grills are provided. Vault toilets are available on site. Camping is free of charge and first-come, first-served.
Did You Know?
Geronimo said, “I was born at the headwaters of the Gila River.” The Gila area in New Mexico is the traditional homeland of the Eastern Bands of Chiricahua Apache and remains important to their oral traditions, history and cultural identity.