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.
Stewardship In Action
National Park Service volunteers at Gila Clif Dwellings National Monument are essential, active, and valued members of the park staff. Volunteer interpretive park rangers serve visitor and park needs every day. Volunteers make up the majority of the staff here and are needed year round. Our volunteer staff leads guided tours at the cliff dwellings, assists visitors through sharing area and monument information, staffs the Gila Visitor Center and Western National Parks Association store, and performs maintenance projects. There are no campground host positions at the monument.
Volunteers are required to make a minimum commitment of three or four months, 32 hours per week. The monument provides training and housing if required - private dorm rooms with shared bathrooms or RV pads with full hookups. A small apartment for couples may also be available.
For more information regarding current opportunities at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, please visit www.volunteer.gov/gov/results.cfm?ID=1735.
Did You Know?
Most of the wood seen in the Gila Cliff Dwellings today is original! Thirty-one core samples were taken from the wood. Dendrochronology (tree ring dating) indicates that the trees for the Cliff Dwellings were cut down from 1276 to 1287.