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.
A guided tour of the Gila Cliff Dwellings is usually offered daily at 11 am during daylight savings time and at 1 pm during standard time. Please note that the tour begins at the cliff dwellings, approximately one-half mile from the Gila Cliff Dwellings trailhead. Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is in the Mountain Time Zone and observes daylight savings time. Please plan to depart from the trailhead 20 to 40 minutes before the tour start time in order to make the tour on 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. 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?
Black bears, mountain lions and wolves are the largest predators in the area around the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. There are 107 bird species, 387 plant species, 37 mammal species, and 21 amphibian/reptile species at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.