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.
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.
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?
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.