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Tonto National Monument

Address: HC02 Box 4602, Roosevelt, AZ 85545
Phone Number: 520-467-2241
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Roosevelt
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Caverns/ Caves, National Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Group tours/day tour
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Reservations are required to visit the ruins of Salado cliff dwellings.
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Caverns/ Caves, National Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Group tours/day tour
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Reservations are required to visit the ruins of Salado cliff dwellings.
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North Sioux City, South Dakota
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

It was very interesting to see how the natives constructed and lived in the cliff dwellings. You can still see the smoke on the ceilings from their cooking fires. The Ranger that was there was fantastic.

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England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

When we did the Apache Trail this was one of our stops. The cliff dwellings are in shallow caves overlooking Roosevelt Lake. The dwellings are around 700 years old. Access is only to the lower dwellings and you need to organise prior to your visit permission to access the upper dwellings. The caves are around a leisurely 20 minute walk... More 

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Campbell
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23 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

This is a beautiful location. It's a steep, almost half mile paved trail with benches along the way. Beautiful cactus abound. Views of Roosevelt Lake in the distance. The cliff dwelling is interesting to view and to imagine its inhabitants long ago. A park ranger answered a variety of questions. Visitor center with friendly staff and small gift shop. Definitely... More 

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cherry hill, nj
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290 helpful votes 290 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This is a nice stop, especially in conjunction with the Apache Trail circuit. Would have liked to have seen the upper ruins, but they are not accessible without prior arrangement. Well planned, fairly steep walk up the cliff. Park ranger clearly loved his job. The view from the ruins is stunning. The visitor center has a water fountain with wonderful... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Well worth the trip! Guided tours and good exercise make it a great addition to see a piece of American history!

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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

It is a pretty good little walk up to the Lower Cliff Dwellings, but you don't have to be in good shape to do it - just take it slow, if you're not. The walls are still in very good shape, and the view from the top is amazing. Also, the cactus is beautiful to get to see up close.... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

This monument is a great addition to your stop when driving the Apache Junction Trail. Not only will you learn something about the 14th century cliff dwellings here (one is open to visitors year-round and the other is by guided tour and only on the cool months) and their builders, the Salado people, but you’ll also have a fantastic view... More 

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Chandler, Arizona
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

It is an amazing portal into ancient history and well worth the walk. The path is paved, but steep, and has benches at intervals. Take your time and take some water. We live about an hour away, and usually bring our guests to see this when they visit. There has always been a ranger/guide at the top to answer any... More 

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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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85 reviews 85 reviews
16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Located just west of Globe, AZ and under 2 hours from Phoenix this is worth a day trip. The monument is the remains of several original cave dwellings of the indians from as far back as 950 AD. Of course they are not fully intact, but you get the picture of the effort and conditions that they lived. A paved... More 

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Cincinnati
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138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We stopped at Tonto National Monument on our way from Flagstaff, AZ to Tucson, AZ. There is a long, steep walk (350 feet gain in elevation), up switchbacks to the Lower Cliff Dwellings. It is a paved path with benches along the way to rest, and patches of shade to get out of the sun and heat. The walk is... More 

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