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

    Gila Cliff Dwellings

    National Monument New Mexico

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  • NM Highway 152 Closed

    NM Highway 152 between Hillsboro and San Lorenzo is closed due to multiple washouts. Anyone traveling south on Interstate 25 towards the Gila Cliff Dwellings should take NM 26 to Deming as an alternate route.

  • 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.


Gila Visitor Center Bookstore

The bookstore is operated by Western National Parks Association (WNPA), a nonprofit cooperating association of the National Park Service (NPS). The Gila Visitor Center Bookstore is one of the sixty-five stores (plus an online store) it operates at NPS sites throughout the western United States.

The bookstore offers books and other materials to enhance the experience of visitors to the Gila Cliff Dwellings and the Gila Wilderness. Birders, wildflower, and geology enthusiasts, and other natural history buffs will find a thorough selection of books. Hikers and backpackers will find maps and guidebooks.

Children's Nature Section

There are many books for children on the cultural and natural history of the area, as well as wildlife puppets, games, and other materials to help them learn about and appreciate the area.

Books on Natural and Cultural History.

Books on local history are offered, ranging from the Mogollon and Apache, to the Mountain Men, and Aldo Leopold, who was responsible for the designation of the Gila as the first protected wilderness. A wide selection of post cards and other memorabilia is also available.


Your Support Makes a Difference:

Proceeds from sales and membership support education, outreach and research initiatives that enhance public understanding and appreciation of national parks. Also remember, as a nonprofit in New Mexico, we charge no sales tax. You save and contribute to WNPA and the parks we serve at the same time!

Did You Know?

Signature of Don Juan Ignacio Flores Mogollón

The ancient Puebloans of the area are often referred to as the "Mogollon people" by archeologists. This name was applied because of the nearby Mogollon Mountains. These mountains, in turn, were named for Don Juan Ignacio Flores Mogollón, the Spanish Governor, from 1712 to 1715, of what is now New Mexico.