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 »
Tour of the Gila may Impact Area Traffic
If you are planning a visit between April 30 and May 4, be aware that area traffic may be impacted by the annual Tour of the Gila bicycle road race. For more information about the race, please visit tourofthegila.com. More »
Fire Restrictions on Gila National Forest
Gila National Forest will implement smoking and fire restrictions beginning April 22. Smoking and fires are never permitted on Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument property. More »
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?
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.