Tonto National Monument is a National Monument in the Superstition Mountains, in Gila County of central Arizona. The area lies on the northeastern edge of the Sonoran Desert ecoregion, an arid habitat with annual rainfall of about 16 inches (400 mm) here. The Salt River runs through this area, providing a rare, year-round source of water.Cliff dwellingsWell-preserved cliff dwellings were occupied by the Salado culture during the 13th, 14th, and early 15th centuries. The people farmed in the Salt River Valley, and supplemented their diet by hunting and gathering native plants. The Salado were fine craftspeople, producing some of the most flamboyant polychrome pottery and intricately woven textiles to be found in the Southwest. Some of the artifacts excavated nearby are on display in the visitor center museum.The Tonto National Monument Archeological District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966. Tonto National Monument, Lower Ruin and Tonto National Monument, Upper Ruin are archeological sites that were NRHP-listed in 1989.Make Tonto National Monument a part of your Roosevelt vacation plans using our Roosevelt trip itinerary maker.
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Traveling past and saw the sign for "cliff dwelling" and pulled off and were ever so glad we did. Paid $5/person fee (good for 7 days) for entrance to a small museum, introductory film and cliff dwell... more »
Visited this site early May, 2017. The ruins are in good shape visually and exciting to see and photograph. It is a one half mile steep walk to the ruins but worth the effort. You will see multiple ro... more »
We have been to many national parks and monuments (we have recently become obsessed with getting passport stamps in our national park passport). We came here on our recent trip to Arizona. We were blo... more »
Very cool hike to upper area. Susan, our guide, was very well informed and gave the group much great insight as to the history and local habitat. All in all a very good trip. Would definitely do it again--also great views of Roosevelt lake.
It was really nice to walk up and see some history and look down in the exact same area as many did many years ago.
Our volunteer guide to the upper dwelling was very knowledgeable and kind. We had a wonderful experience seeing one of the only preserved, not reconstructed cliff dwellings. A definite highlight of my vacation in Arizona!
There are so many places to enjoy a Southwest sunrise. Located within the Tonto Basin of the Upper Sonoran Desert in Arizona, Tonto National Monument protects two well-preserved prehistoric cliff dwellings and helps tell the story, not just of the Salado people, but of several American Indian tribes. Many of these tribes still feel strong spiritual ties to the cliff dwellings, deeming them to be an ancestral home.
Great family type experience. If you are an experienced off the beaten path explorer and hiker this will bore you. But the staff and facility is amazing! They run a great tour with great volunteers. The upper dwelling is much better too if you are up for a better harder hike!
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