Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument announced today that Interpretive Park Rangers will present special programs to help visitors experience their park in a different way.
Special programs are limited to 30 participants and reservations are required. Please call: (575)536-9461. The ranger will provide program details when you reserve.
Full Moon Hikes: The popular full moon hikes return in 2018. The program begins at night, taking visitors on a tour of the cliff dwellings under moonlight and with special programs that are not the standard daytime guided tour. Programs last one hour, require visitors to wear sturdy shoes or boots, visitors should bring red-lens flashlights or headlamps, and be ready for adventure. Standard park entrance fees apply to attend this program.
Full moon hike dates are Saturdays: June 30, July 28, August 25, September 22, and October 27.
Canyon View of the Dwellings: Hike through Gila Wilderness to get spectacular cross-canyon views of the cliff dwellings below. Participants must wear sturdy outdoor clothing and hiking boots, bring water and a snack for the 3-4 hour program. Part of the hike is off trail through rugged and sometimes steep terrain at 6000 feet altitude. This is a strenuous hike and may not be appropriate for young children and others not familiar with off-trail hiking.
Hike dates are Saturday: July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10, and December 8.
Gila Nights Program: A new program beginning this year to highlight the incredible dark skies and stargazing opportunities the Gila has to offer. Join Rangers in the Gila Visitor Center parking lot to look through a variety of telescopes, discover planets, stars, nebulae and galaxies, and how humans shape stories around the night sky views.
Gila Nights dates are: September 8 and October 6