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

    Gila Cliff Dwellings

    National Monument New Mexico

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  • 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.

Stewardship In Action

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A volunteer interpretive park ranger orients visitors at the Cliff Dweller Canyon trailhead.
 

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?

Cliff Dwelling Vigas

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.