Guided tours of the cliff dwellings are usually offered daily at 1 pm Mountain Time. Guided tours are subject to staff availability. Guided tours are not offered on busy holiday weekends when increased visitation to the dwellings makes such tours impractical. Please note that the tours start at the cliff dwellings. Please depart the trailhead approximately 20 to 40 minutes before 1 pm in order to hike the one-half mile trail up to the Cliff Dwellings and make the tour on time. Visitors are free to tour the cliff dwellings on their own anytime during park hours. Visitor hours at the cliff dwellings are normally 9 am to 4 pm Mountain Time year-round.
Other tours and programs may be offered depending upon staff availability. Call the Gila Visitor Center at 575-536-9461 for the latest information.
Did You Know?
Stone axes made it challenging for the ancient Puebloans of the Mogollon area to cut down trees for vigas (roof beams) in the Gila Cliff Dwellings. So, before chopping the tree trunks, they would burn a small fire around the base of the trunk to weaken it so their axes could cut it down more easily.