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Tonto National Monument

Walk through the past in Tonto National Monument’s cliff dwellings. Explore two remarkably preserved American Indian cliff dwellings that tell the story of ancient cultures and innovations past.

History & Nature

Perched on the side of steep cliffs, the Upper and Lower Cliff Dwellings are not only well protected, but also, have great views of the surrounding rugged terrain of the northeastern Sonoran Desert. The cliff dwellings were occupied during the 13th, 14th, and early 15th centuries.

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Things to Do

The Upper Cliff Dwellings are available by guided tour only. Tours operate three or more times a week November through April, and the 3-mile tour lasts three to four hours.

The Lower Cliff Dwelling is a little easier to get to and does not require a guided tour. The mile trail opens at 8 a.m. and the trip will take you about an hour. But, feel free to take your time, as these dwellings are intriguing examples of early construction and architecture.


Hotels, Lodging & Camping

While the monument doesn't allow camping, the surrounding Tonto National Forest offers numerous campgrounds. Hundreds of sites for tents and RVs around Roosevelt Lake are just 15 minutes from the monument, so you’ll easily have time for lots of other outdoor activities.

Nearby communities, such as the Tonto Basin (20 miles), Miami (30 miles) and Globe (30 miles) offer plentiful hotel selections for those not prepared to rough it.


Hours & Pricing

Visitor Center is open daily, year-round, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., closed Christmas Day.

The Lower Cliff Dwelling Trail hours: 

  • September – May: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
  • June – August: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The Upper Cliff Dwelling Trail is only accessible by guided tour. To make a reservation, you must call (928) 467-2241.

* Please verify hours on the website.

Park Entrance Fees:

  • Adults: $10/day
  • Children (15 and under): Free

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Tonto National Monument
26260 N. AZ Hwy 188
Roosevelt , AZ 85545
(928) 467-2241

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