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Wed September 18, 2013
Gila Cliff Dwellings Reopens Following Flood
The Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument (GCDNM) and N.M. State Highway 15 have both reopened as of today, Sept. 18th.
Flood waters from heavy rain showers that fell within the last few days and peaked this past Saturday, September 14th, along the Gila River of the Gila National Forest had required the temporary closures of the Gila Cliff Dwellings, Gila Visitor Center, a portion of NM 15, and forest recreation areas.
Although the Gila Cliff Dwellings is now open, the Gila Visitor Center remains closed. Re-opening of the Visitor Center is expected sometime this week when water levels decrease, heavy rains subside, and any needed maintenance along the Visitor Center bridge has been conducted. Flood waters full of debris ran over the bridge during this past Saturday’s flood.
Wilderness District Ranger Ray Torres said that some of the recreation sites and corrals in the area are now open:
• Lower and Upper Scorpion Campgrounds
• Upper Forks Campground
• Woody’s and T.J. Corrals
The Grapevine Campground and Lower Forks camping area remain closed.
Forest visitors are reminded that flood/flashflood potential still exist as even a small amount of rainfall adds to the current high water levels in all water carrying areas. It is strongly advised to contact the local Ranger District office prior to visiting the Forest for updated information.
Doc Campbell’s Post in Gila Hot Springs remains open for business.
Please contact the Gila Visitor Center, 575.536.9461, between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm for further information.