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 Every Day
Due to a current shortage of volunteer staffing, guided tours of the cliff are not offered every day. Check at the visitor center upon arrival. Volunteers at the Cliff Dwellings will still be available to answer questions during your self guided tours.
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?
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.