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Park Reopens Following Recovery From Flood

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

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The park reopened late on the afternoon of February 14th when New Mexico DOT crews completed temporary repairs to the West Fork Bridge, which was damaged in the January 28th flood. The cliff dwellings are again open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with tours once again offered at noon each day. The visitor center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Tours at the TJ site are no longer offered on a routine basis. The $3 per person entrance fee is in effect. Hikers are being urged to find alternatives to hiking the West and Middle Forks of the Gila River, as flooding has obliterated trails on the flood plains, and ground surfaces that were flooded are very unstable and rough. Camping is available at Upper and Lower Scorpion immediately below the cliff dwellings, but campers are advised to pay careful attention to the river and to relocate to the Upper Forks or Grapevine camps to prevent them from becoming stranded if the river rises and the West Fork bridge becomes impassable. Trailhead users at TJ and the West Fork should be aware that if the West Fork bridge washes out again their vehicles may become stranded until the bridge can be repaired. Parking for overnight backpacking is recommended at Woody’s Corral.


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