Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

Things To Do

Activities at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument include backpacking, biking, birdwatching, camping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, interpretive programs, nature walks, stargazing, wilderness area activities and wildlife viewing.

Guided Tours
Guided tours of the cliff dwellings are offered daily at 1 p.m. Please note that the tours start at the Cliff Dwellings and it takes about a half hour to walk up to them from the trailhead. Visitors are free to tour the dwellings on their own anytime during open hours.

Limited tours of an archeological area called the TJ Site offer a unique look at an unexcavated surface pueblo usually closed to the public. Visitors may not visit the TJ Site without a National Park Service guide and group size for each tour is limited to 20 people. TJ Site tours meet at the Gila Visitor Center. Reservations for the TJ Site tours are recommended.

Other tours and programs may be offered depending upon staffing availability. Check ahead for times and other activities by calling the Gila Visitor Center at (575) 536-9461.

Educational groups should call the visitors center at least two weeks in advance to inquire about a fee waiver.

Hiking
Hiking in the Gila and Aldo Leopold Wilderness areas are popular activities in the area. 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, is a twenty minute walk from the Gila Visitor Center. The most popular is Jordan, a six or eight mile hike from the Visitor Center, depending upon the trailhead used. Private hot springs are also located in the community of Gila Hotsprings, four miles from the monument.