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.Add Tonto National Monument and other attractions to your Roosevelt trip itinerary using our Roosevelt route planner .
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Tonto National Monument Reviews
Start your ascent early - the path is steep and the sun is hot! It takes around a half hour to reach the lower cave dwelling. The view is worth the climb! This may be a bit difficult for children or e... more »
You have to really make an effort to visit these impressive Native American ruins. We actually tacked this tour onto the end of a drive up the Apache Trail (from Apache Junction to Roosevelt Lake); it... more »
Most cliff dwellings in Arizona we have visited must be viewed from a distance. This one you can enter and walk around and see up close. The hike up to the lower dwelling is steep - might only be half... 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.
If you like history of the west and of the ancient Native Indian population, you need to visit. Will be going back to explore again.
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!
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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