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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 3 things to do in Roosevelt
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Monuments & statues, Caverns & caves, 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: National Parks, Monuments & statues, Caverns & caves, 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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Dickinson, North Dakota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

It is worth the steep hike up. There are hand railings to hold, and benches to rest on. Awesome view from inside the dwelling. We stopped here after the Apache trail drive.

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Ames
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

It's not exactly on a frequently traveled roadway, but if you find yourself in eastern Arizona with a couple of hours to spare, I recommend visiting Tonto Nat'l Monument. The visitor's center presents a nice video and some displays about the native Salado tribe who lived in this area 600 to 700 years ago. Those who can handle a half-mile... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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13 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

It figures we arrived here on the day the elevator was out. Just kidding! There's no elevator here, but the stroll up the steep path is well worth it. Not only do you get to step inside ancient cave dwellings, you'll be treated to yet another spectacular view of Arizona. Staff if very knowledgeable and cave gives you a great... More 

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North Sioux City, South Dakota
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

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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69 attraction reviews
184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

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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93 reviews 93 reviews
23 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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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297 helpful votes 297 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
3 helpful votes 3 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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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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