• 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 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.

Volunteer

National Park Service volunteers at Gila Clif Dwellings National Monument are essential, active, and valued members of the park staff. They serve visitor and park needs every day. Volunteers are needed year round.

Our volunteer staff works giving guided programs at the cliff dwellings, assisting visitors through sharing area and monument information, staffing the Gila Visitor Center and bookstore, and performing maintenance projects. There are no campground host positions at the monument.

Volunteers are asked 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 Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument volunteer program, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 575-536-9461 or gicl_information@nps.gov.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

The monument is accepting applications for future volunteer opportunities. Click below for more information and the volunteer application.

GILA CLIFF DWELLINGS NATIONAL MONUMENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

To view more NPS volunteer opportunities, go to www.volunteer.gov

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.