Things To Do


Activities in the monument include bird watching, hiking, interpretive programs, nature walks, and wildlife viewing.

Activities in the wilderness include backpacking, bird watching, camping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, stargazing, and wildlife viewing.

Guided Tours

Guided tours are generally offered during the summer season. Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19 transmission, tours will not be offered at this time.

Please note that the tour begins at the cliff dwellings, approximately one-half mile from the Gila Cliff Dwelling trailhead. Give yourself time to hike up the trail (15-30 minutes) to be at the program on time.

Other tours, programs, and special events may be offered depending upon staff availability. Check the website calendar, visit the official Facebook page and calendar, or call the Gila Visitor Center at 575-536-9461 for the latest information.


Hiking in the Gila Wilderness and Gila National Forest are popular activities. Call ahead for weather conditions and backcountry water availability.

Hot Springs

There are several popular hot springs in the area. The closest wilderness hot spring, Lightfeather Hot Spring, is a 20-minute river walk from the Gila Visitor Center. The most popular is Jordan Hot Spring, a 6 or 8 mile hike from the Visitor Center, depending upon the trailhead used. Private hot springs are also located in the community of Gila Hot Springs, a four mile drive from the Monument. Use caution if entering the hot springs. Hot springs may contain an amoeba that may cause a form of meningitis that can be fatal. Don't get water up your nose.

Last updated: June 3, 2020

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26 Jim Bradford Trail
Mimbres, NM 88049



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