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

    Gila Cliff Dwellings

    National Monument New Mexico

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  • 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 »

Things To Do

Activities

Activities in the monument include bird watching, hiking, interpretive programs, nature walks, and wildlife viewing.

Activities in the wilderness include backpacking, bird watching, camping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, stargazing, and wildlife viewing.

Guided Tours

A guided tour of the Gila Cliff Dwellings is usually offered daily at 11 am during dayling 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. 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 higher visitation to the dwellings makes guided tours impractical. Self-guided tours are available throughout monument hours.

Call the Gila Visitor Center during business hours at 575-536-9461 to get the latest informaton.

Hiking

Hiking in the Gila and Aldo Leopold Wilderness areas is a popular activity. Call ahead for weather conditions and backcountry water availability.

Hot Springs

There are several popular hot springs in the area. The closest wilderness hot spring, Lightfeather, is a 20-minute walk from the Gila Visitor Center. The most popular is Jordan, a 6 or 8 mile hike from the Visitor Center, depending upon the trailhead used. Private hot springs are also located in the community of Gila Hotsprings, four miles from the Monument. Use caution if entering the hot springs. Hot springs may contain an amoeba that may cause a form of meningitis that can be fatal. Don't get water up your nose.

Did You Know?

Mexican Grey Wolf

Black bears, mountain lions and wolves are the largest predators in the area around the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. There are 107 bird species, 387 plant species, 37 mammal species, and 21 amphibian/reptile species at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.