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

    Gila Cliff Dwellings

    National Monument New Mexico

Directions

Plane

Limited commercial air service is available to Silver City, New Mexico. The nearest major airports are in El Paso, Texas (ELP); Albuquerque, New Mexico (ABQ); Tucson (TUS) and Phoenix (PHX), Arizona; all of which are about four to six hours away by automobile.

Note on Mountain Driving

The highway approaching the monument has steep sections of 10-12% grade for several miles. Use lower gears when driving these sections of road to avoid overheating brakes. Slower vehicles should pull over to allow others to pass. In sections of Highway 15 between Silver City and the junction with Highway 35 where the road has no center dividing line, vehicles need to stay as far to the right as possible, especially around curves. The highways approaching the National Monument are not plowed at nights and on weekends. After snowstorms, please call the Visitor Center at 575-536-9461 to find out about road conditions.

Car

Take State Highway 15 north from Silver City. Although the distance from Silver City is only 44 miles, the travel time is approximately two hours due to twisting and winding mountain terrain. An alternative route from Silver City is along State Highway 35 and goes through the Mimbres Valley. Even though it is 25 miles longer than Highway 15, it is less winding, wider, more level, and easier to travel; therefore it takes about the same amount of time to drive. NOTE: If your vehicle, travel trailer, or RV is over 20 feet in length, you should take Highway 35.

Recreational Vehicles, Large Trailers and Buses

Large vehicles must take Highway 35. To access Highway 35: turn North onto Highway 152 from Highway 180 at Santa Clara, NM. Follow 152 to the junction with 35 and follow 35 to the junction 15.

Public Transportation

There is no public transportation to the monument.

 

Did You Know?

Shell Bracelet

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.