• 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 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.

Your Safety

A volunteer ranger orients visitors to the trail conditions at Cliff Dweller Canyon trailhead.
A volunteer ranger orients visitors to trail conditions at Cliff Dweller Canyon trailhead.
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Cliff Dwellings Trail
The one-mile loop trail to and through the cliff dwellings climbs 180 feet above the canyon floor to an elevation close to 6000 feet. Allow a minimum of one hour for the round-trip hike. The trail is not wheelchair accessible. Views of the some of cliff dwellings are possible after a 1/4-mile hike in the canyon bottom. The trail that continues to the dwellings is steep and rocky in places and can be muddy or icy at times. Wear sturdy shoes, pace yourself (use the benches), and carry water.

For the sake of preserving the dwellings and ensuring visitor safety, the public is asked to observe the following rules when visiting the Monument:

  • Please stay on the trail.
  • Please do not sit, climb, touch, or lean on ruin walls.
  • If an artifact is found, do not touch it. Report it to the nearest ranger, so that a proper excavation may be done and more may be learned about the people who lived here.
  • Use of tobacco products, food, and any beverage other than water is not allowed on the trail.

Did You Know?

Montezuma Quail

When afraid, Montezuma Quail simply freeze in place. This defense mechanism works against them when they encounter modern vehicles and freeze in place in the middle of the road. Montezuma Quail can be seen at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument and surrounding Gila Wilderness.