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

    Gila Cliff Dwellings

    National Monument New Mexico

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  • Time Change for Guided Tours

    Effective Sunday November 2nd, our daily guided tour will change to 1 PM. Through Saturday November 1st, the tour will be at 11 AM. You must be at the tour start (about 1/2 mile hike) by the start time. Of course, self guided tours are still available.

  • NM Highway 152 Closed

    NM Highway 152 between Hillsboro and San Lorenzo is closed due to multiple washouts. Anyone traveling south on Interstate 25 towards the Gila Cliff Dwellings should take NM 26 to Deming as an alternate route.

  • 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 »

Operating Hours & Seasons

The Gila Cliff Dwellings, Gila Visitor Center and Gila Cliff Dwellings Trailhead Contact Station are open every day of the year except for December 25 and January 1.

Regular Hours

The trail to the Gila Cliff Dwellings is open from 9 am to 4 pm. The last visitors for the day are allowed up the trail at 4 pm and everyone must be off the trail by 5 pm. The visitor center is open from 8 am to 4:30 pm.

The free "Canyon Companion" handout is available at the trailhead contact station and staff is present inside the dwellings at all times to answer questions. Visitors are encouraged to attend guided tours and other programs when they are available.

Please note that New Mexico is in the Mountain Time zone and observes Daylight Savings Time unlike Arizona which is in the Mountain Time zone but does not observe Daylight Savings Time. In the summer, Arizona is one hour behind New Mexico while in the winter the two states are on the same time.

Did You Know?

Mortar Handprint

The Gila Cliff Dwellings were built in the 13th century by the ancient Puebloans of the Mogollon area. They formed the walls using chunks of Gila Conglomerate found within the caves. Mortar was required to keep the walls together. In some places you can still see the handprints of the builders.