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.
This page was last updated on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 10:20 am MDT
Fire Information: The Signal Fire began north of Signal Peak on May 11, 2014. For more information about this and other area fires, please visit: www.fs.usda.gov/gila and http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. You may also call the Wilderness Ranger District of the Gila National Forest at 575-536-2250.
Be advised that afternoon and evening thunderstorms are possible. Visitors arriving before noon are more likely to avoid thunderstorm activity. The trail to and from the cliff dwellings is temporarily closed when nearby lightning or potential flash flooding poses a threat to visitors and staff. On some afternoons, it may not be possible to reopen the trail due to the hazards associated with nearby lightning. Guided tours may be cancelled. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions. Be prepared to take shelter if lightning is nearby. The safest place to take shelter is within a building or within a vehicle with the doors and windows closed. For your safety when visiting the monument, please follow the instructions of park staff. For more information about lightning safety, visit www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov.
For the latest weather forecast and area alerts, visit forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=33.22777502404423&lon=-108.26820373535156&site=abq&unit=0&lg=en&FcstType=text.
Fire Safety: Fires and smoking are never permitted within Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. For current information on closures in the Gila National Forest and any fire restrictions, please visit www.fs.usda.gov/gila. Extreme caution is advised when visiting areas affected by recent wildfires. Numerous hazards exist.
Since conditions can change rapidly, please call the Gila Visitor Center at 575-536-9461 between 8 am and 4:30 pm MDT for the latest information and current conditions.
Did You Know?
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.