Tonto National Monument, Roosevelt

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The Tonto National Forest, encompassing 2,873,200 acres, is the largest of the six national forests in Arizona and is the fifth largest national forest in the United States. The Tonto National Forest has diverse scenery, with elevations ranging from 1,400 feet in the Sonoran Desert to 7,400 feet in the ponderosa pine forests of the Mogollon Rim . The Tonto National Forest is also the most visited "urban" forest in the United States. The boundaries of the Tonto National Forest are the Phoenix metropolitan area to the south, the Mogollon Rim to the north and the San Carlos and Fort Apache Indian Reservation to the east. The Tonto is managed by the USDA Forest Service and its headquarters are in Phoenix. There are local ranger district offices in Globe, Mesa, Payson, Roosevelt, Scottsdale, and Young.
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  • We made reservations for the upper cliff dwelling tour, and loved it. I was a little nervous bringing the kids, ages 8 & 10. The website says the hike is difficult and recommendations no kids 8 & unde...  more »
  • It's a cool little site. A steep, paved pathway leads right up to the dwellings & you can actually walk into the dwellings & look around. Great overview & vistas from the site as well. Clean washrooms...  more »
  • The Monument preserves ruined cliff dwellings. The Lower Cliff Dwelling (the only one accessible without reservation) has deteriorated a lot but there is still enough to give a good appreciation of ho...  more »
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  • I haven't been to this site in a very long time so we packed our lunch and headed out from Phoenix. We went to Globe on US 60 then turned on 188. We stopped at the lookout approximately one mile south of the park entrance and were able to photograph the Cliff Dwelling from that spot. We then headed to the park. To get to the Upper Cliff Dwelling, you will need to reserve a spot on a guided tour. Its 3 miles and takes 3 to 4 hours. The Lower Cliff Dwelling is situated behind the Visitors Center and is 1 mile round trip. The walkway is steep so take your time and there are places to stop. Make sure you are prepared to hike up by wearing good shoes, a hat, suntan lotion and plenty of water. Even in the cooler temperatures, the sun's rays bouncing of the rocks is hot! I did visit the park again and was able to hike to the Upper Cliff Dwelling. There are some steep steps over rocks so I do suggest using hiking poles if you have them. Take your time and you will make it to the top!
  • It would be easy in Phoenix, to get overwhelmed with the sheer number of Native American historic sites. Don't let that dissuade you from making this trip; it's truly unusual and worth the trip. You get a 2-fer with this visit: a remarkable preserved cliff dwelling AND a gorgeous geological feature (the cave) that frankly would have been an interesting site by itself. The picnic area is very nice so bring lunch. Great staff. Lost a star because you can't go to the upper dwelling except with a ranger tour, only on weekends. I understand if you want to keep us out of the upper house without a guide, but make it so we can at least take the hike and view it if we want.
  • A quick 1 hour visit. A steep but well maintained trail leads to some nice cliff dwellings. Even my 12yo kids liked it. I'd come back for a ranger led hike to the restricted upper cliff dwelling site.
  • If you are in the area it's worth a visit. I wouldn't go out of my way for this site however because it wouldn't take up much of your day. You can see all there is to see and be pretty satisfied in about an hour all together. There is a pretty steep hike up a winding path that takes you directly to the ruins and you are able to walk through 3 of the rooms once you get there. A guide will give you a pamphlet full of some pretty neat info and there is also a splendid view of the valley below all the way down to the lake.
  • I'm still excited about my trip! The Best Time that I've had since I moved to AZ five years ago? Of course I was with my long lost Brother. He's not the last one, I am! We had the best time just sleepin in, and fishing every day! I really recommend the fishing and the evening life for everyone in the family!!!
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