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

    Gila Cliff Dwellings

    National Monument New Mexico

Special Information

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?

Mortar Handprint

The Gila Cliff Dwellings were built in the 13th century by the ancient Puebloans of the Mogollon area. They formed the walls using chunks of Gila Conglomerate found within the caves. Mortar was required to keep the walls together. In some places you can still see the handprints of the builders.