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Tonto National Monument

Arizona

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Tonto National Monument - Roosevelt, Arizona
Tonto National Monument

The Salado Phenomena, 700 years ago, blended ideas of neighboring Native American cultures to emerge a unique and vibrant society. Tonto National Monument showcases two Salado-style cliff dwellings. Colorful pottery, woven cotton cloth, and other artifacts tell a story of people living and using resources from the northern Sonoran Desert from 1250 to 1450 CE.

Tonto National Monument

Elevation:

2,830 feet

Kaleidoscope

Camping: None at the Park. Although there is no camping in Tonto National Monument, the surrounding Tonto National Forest operates numerous campgrounds. The Forest Service offers hundreds of sites for tent and RV camping all around Roosevelt Lake, many of which are within a 15 minute drive of the monument. 

FEE: For entry and/or camping.

Water: On-Site

The trails to the dwellings do not meet accessibility standards and are steeply graded. The Lower Cliff Dwelling trail is paved, but is steep and includes some steps. The Upper Dwelling is a backcountry trail, and is unpaved with many steps.

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Ancient Ruins

Ancient Ruins

National & State Parks

National & State Parks

Wildlife

Wildlife

Exploring

Exploring

Hiking

Hiking

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Cliff dwellings of the Salado communities dating from 1250–1450, plus a museum with artifacts.

Tonto National Monument - Roosevelt, Arizona

Arizona

Gila County

33°38'39.4"N 111°06'45.0"W

Arizona

26260 Arizona 188, Roosevelt, AZ



Directions:

From Phoenix Metro Area via State Highway 87


Take 87 north toward Payson. Turn right on State Highway 188 heading southeast. Continue 39 miles to Tonto National Monument on the right. This way is closer for people traveling from Scottsdale or Fountain Hills.

From Phoenix Metro Area via State Highway 60

Take 60 east toward Globe. Turn left on State Highway 188 heading northwest. Continue 25 miles to Tonto National Monument on the left. This way is closer for people traveling from Mesa or Casa Grande.

Location

Best Seasons & Temperatures

January 17, 2022

Abandoned

Abandoned

Ancient Ruins

Ancient Ruins

Caves

Caves

Desert

Desert

Forest

Forest

Ghost Towns

Ghost Towns

Historical

Historical