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Tonto National Monument

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Address: HC02 Box 4602, Roosevelt, AZ 85545
Phone Number: 520-467-2241
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Activities: Group tours/day tour
Description: Reservations are required to visit the ruins of Salado cliff dwellings.

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Great Day outdoors hiking

This was a great day trip from Phoenix. The drive is nice through a few small towns on your way to Tonto. Once you get to the park there is parking and bathroom facilitates...a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This was a great day trip from Phoenix. The drive is nice through a few small towns on your way to Tonto. Once you get to the park there is parking and bathroom facilitates...a small gift shop. You then proceed to hike up the side of a mountain to get to the top where there are natural "cave" dwellings that... More 

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Southwold, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Unfortunatele on the day we visited we were unable to enter the cliff dwellings due a lsrge colony of agressive bees nesting in the area. However you could still go up to them. Enjoyed the trail up, a steep climb but on a good path, beautifully maintained park. There are some great views of the lake and valley below.

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Yorba Linda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We are so glad we stopped here! This is a small park but the landscape is beautiful! And as always cliff dwellings are just fascinating! After we got there we found out the upper cliff dwelling is a Ranger guided tour November thru April. So we missed that. And the lower cliff dwelling was limited to within about 50 yards... More 

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Black Hawk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

From the terrace we had a great view of the valley of Roosevelt Lake. We didn't have time to walk to the ruins, but we really enjoyed the beautiful drive in.

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Bergen, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Visited here on a day where entrances to the parks were free, so that was a nice start. You start out by watvhing an informative movie about the place and area, before you start the hike to the actual monument. The hike is decent enough, but could be a bit steep for someone. At the top you're met by a... More 

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Ashland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

I am so glad we pulled off the road to visit the cave dwellings. The staff and the volunteers were helpful and informative, and there is a lovely picnic spot there too.

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Tempe, Arizona
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Nifty little sight to visit. 20-min paced path to the lower cliff dwellings. Great for kids. Got there in the nick of time before 4:00pm n a Satuday. Late afternoon is superior for picture taking because the sun shines down onto the Roosevelt Lake valley area. The age 20-something tourguide interpreter "Davis" at the top was very genuine, friendly, and... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Long trip to get there but everyone agreed it was worth it. Fascinating place. Although lower ruins is the title its still a bit of a climb to get there, 350 foot elevation gain, but lots of switch backs, few places to rest, we saw several heavy out of shape and elderly people easily make the walkup. The Volunteers really... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We drove from Apache Junction to Tonto National Monument via The Apache Trail. Tonto National Monument was very busy the middle weekend of March and it was a fee-free day so the crowds were even larger. Tonto National Monument is knows for the Cliff Dwellings. We walked the paved half-mile (strenuous) route called the Lower Cliff Dwelling Trail which begins... More 

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West Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

First time we have been to a pueblo so impressed. Look forward to the visiting some of the larger sites in the future. Friendly and informative hosts. Wish we had more time to hike to the upper one, but something for next trip.

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