Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

View of one of Cliff Dwellings

The Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is a National Park Service managed area that is surrounded by the Gila National Forest. The surrounding area includes a number of campsites, an interpretive trail and an educational/visitors center. Please visit their website for information regarding the Cliff Dwellings, possible closures, and other area information.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: The Gila Cliff Dwellings, Gila Visitor Center and Gila Cliff Dwellings Trailhead Museum are open every day of the year except Christmas Day (December 25) and New Year's Day (January 1). The trail is open from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (MST). The visitor center is open from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (MST)  
Open Season: Year-round, 7 days per week
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Closest Towns: Silver City, NM, 2 hour drive
Water: Water is available at the Visitor Center
Restroom: Flush toilets at Visitor Center
Operated By: National Park Service
Information Center: Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument & Visitor Center (575) 536-9461

General Information


Take NM State Highway 15 north from Silver City. Although the distance from Silver City is only 43 miles, the travel time is approximately two hours due to twisting and winding mountain terrain. An alternative route from Silver City is along NM State Hwy 35 and goes through the Mimbres Valley. Even though it is 25 miles longer than Highway 15, it is less winding, wider, more level, and easier to travel; therefore it takes about the same amount of time as State Highway 15. If your vehicle, travel trailer, or RV is over 20 feet in length, you should take Hwy 35.

General Notes:

Long vehicles: If your vehicle, travel trailer, or RV is over 20 feet in length, you should take Hwy 35.

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5,703 Feet