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 »
Tour of the Gila may Impact Area Traffic
If you are planning a visit between April 30 and May 4, be aware that area traffic may be impacted by the annual Tour of the Gila bicycle road race. For more information about the race, please visit tourofthegila.com. More »
Fire Restrictions on Gila National Forest
Gila National Forest will implement smoking and fire restrictions beginning April 22. Smoking and fires are never permitted on Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument property. More »
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?
The ancient Puebloans of the Mogollon area used native plants for food, medicines, clothing and tools. The yucca plant was very useful. Yucca fibers were made into twine, nets, baskets, even paint brushes. These sandals, made from yucca, are in the Visitor Center Museum at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.