• 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 »

  • Guided Tours Currently Not Available on Many Days

    Due to a current shortage of volunteer staffing, guided tours of the cliff dwellings are offered only infrequently. Self-guided tours remain available from 9 am to 4 pm MDT daily.

Local Weather

Summer view from Cliff Dweller Canyon.
Summer view from Cliff Dweller Canyon.
NPS Photo by Bob Griffis
 

Current Weather Conditions

National Weather Service Forecast

Stream Gage and Climate Data from the Sonoran Desert Network Monitoring Program

Climate and Weather

The park has a mild climate, with a rainy season usually from July through August. Spring and Fall have moderate days and cool nights. Winter months often have nice afternoons with cold mornings and nights.

Figures below show monthly average High Temperature (degrees Fahrenheit)/Low Temperature (degrees Fahrenheit)/Precipitation (in inches).



January

51/17/0.71

February

58/23/0.68

March

63/25/0.65

April

75/30/0.47

May

75/42/0.33

June

84/40/0.58

July

91/48/2.81

August

89/47/2.83

September

86/38/1.88

October

80/27/1.59

November

63/12/.56

December

55/15/1.44



Temperatures

Daytime temperatures tend to be relatively mild or warm and nighttime temperatures tend to be relatively cool or cold throughout the year. Average temperatures in the higher elevation, particularly the Mogollon Range, can be cooler by 10-20 degrees or more, depending on the season. Summer is the monsoon or rainy season with afternoon thunderstorms, accompanied by dangerous lightning, likely during July and August.

Lightning

If you are hiking and get caught in an area where lightning is striking, stay off ridges and away from open areas. Remove metallic objects from your pack or clothing and stay faraway from anything that might serve as a lightning rod. Take shelter under a cluster of smaller trees, not under a large tree. It is not safe to shelter in shallow caves. (The caves at the Cliff Dwellings are deep caves and would be safe if you stand well back from the openings.) Lightning seeks high points, the tallest object in an open area, the biggest object (such as a large boulder), and ridgelines. For more information about lightning safety, visit www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov.

Winter

During most winters the lower elevations tend to be free of snow most of the time and when it does snow the melt-off usually occurs within a few days. Normally there is some snow accumulation in the higher elevations and during severe winters, the snow may range up to 10 feet or more in the Mogollon Range. Melt-off usually occurs during late March and April, but snow and ice may hinder travel on upper elevation trails as late as June.

 
Winter view from Cliff Dweller Canyon.
Winter view from Cliff Dweller Canyon.
NPS Photo by Bob Griffis

Did You Know?

Agave Thistle Needle

The ancient Puebloans of the Mogollon area used the spiny tips of leaves from the agave plant as needles for sewing. This item is in the Visitor Center Museum at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.