For thousands of years, the caves and overhangs of the Gila River area provided shelter for many humans. Over 700 years ago, a group of Tularosa Phase Mogollon chose to build their homes in the caves. They hunted wild animals, gathered wild plants and grew domesticated crops in the surrounding lands. Within roughly twenty years of their arrival, the Mogollon then moved on; leaving us a glimpse into this window of time in their history. Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is the only site in the National Park system that shares and preserves the dwellings and lifestyle of the Mogollon Culture. Present-day Pueblos maintain strong ties to this place; and it remains for all people to experience part of our national heritage. You can explore the dwellings on your own, or join park staff for a guided discovery tour through the site. Want to do more than see the dwellings? Hiking in the Gila and Aldo Leopold Wilderness areas, soaking in hot springs, spotting roadrunners and other birds, photography on a grand scale and viewing spectacular night skies are just some of the fun you can have when you visit. Come see us a the Visitor Center and we'll get your started on your own specialized adventure!