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

    Gila Cliff Dwellings

    National Monument New Mexico

For Kids

 

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument Junior Ranger Badge

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The design on the Jr. Ranger badge is from classic Mimbres black and white pottery.

Become a WebRanger at home and then become a Gila Cliff Dwellings Junior Ranger when you come here!

Junior Ranger Program at Gila Cliff Dwellings
Pick up a Junior Ranger book (ages 7-12) or a Jr. Junior Ranger handout (6 or younger) or a Senior Ranger book (ages 12 and up) at the Visitor Center or Contact Station. Bring the finished book back to the Visitor Center when you're done to get your badge and certificate.


Did You Know?

Cliff Dwelling Vigas

Stone axes made it challenging for the ancient Puebloans of the Mogollon area to cut down trees for vigas (roof beams) in the Gila Cliff Dwellings. So, before chopping the tree trunks, they would burn a small fire around the base of the trunk to weaken it so their axes could cut it down more easily.