Shedding Light on the Mogollon Culture

For thousands of years, groups of nomads used the caves above Cliff Dweller Creek as temporary shelter. In the late 1200s, people of the agricultural Mogollon (Southern Ancestral Pueblo) culture made it a home. They built rooms, crafted pottery and raised children in the cliff dwellings for one or two generations. By approximately 1300, the Mogollon had moved on, leaving the walls behind.

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Getting here is half the fun! Give yourself time to reach the park and enjoy the scenery! Better yet, plan on staying for a few days.

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Get Involved - Volunteer

A chance to discover and explore your parks, and share what you know with visitors! Volunteer interpreters make the history come alive.

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Tour the Dwellings

From guided dwellings tours to hiking in the remote wilderness, there are lots of options for all hikers.

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Official NPS App

A new way to experience the Cliff dwellings through the official NPS App!

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A Javelina crosses the river after the confluence of the Middle and West Fork of the Gila.

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Become a Junior Ranger!

Young and old alike can earn their Junior and Senior Ranger badges!

Last updated: January 29, 2024

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