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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

Reservations are required to visit the ruins of Salado cliff dwellings...

Reservations are required to visit the ruins of Salado cliff dwellings.

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Great stop

We were told by friends to take the highway past this gem. The scenery was great but this stop was very worthwhile. We didn't hike due to lack of time but very interesting.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Culbertson, Montana
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Culbertson, Montana
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63 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were told by friends to take the highway past this gem. The scenery was great but this stop was very worthwhile. We didn't hike due to lack of time but very interesting.

Thank 2chipper
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The small visitors center provides a concise summary of what is to come s you are able to explore one or both of the two sites located above. We chose to walk to the lower cliff dwellings considering the rainy weather that day. The Park Ranger met us there and provided the history and background. The park service had done... More 

Thank Lovetobeonthego
Durham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Be prepared to walk. We viewed the lower monument dwellings and the walk up is very steep. Do Not Wear open toed footwear if you go in the dwelling at the top. I got sand in my shoes which was hard to remove. Aside from that the information provided by the onsite staff is extraordinary and they had answers to... More 

Thank tdavislong
South Coast England
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129 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

I found the steep hike up to the cliff ruins among the Saguaro cactus and the pleasant view looking over to the Roosevelt Dam more interesting than the actual ruins. There's better ancient ruins in the region I've seen such as Wupatki and Mesa Verde, though this is better than Tuzigoot and Montezuma's Castle in my opinion. It's worth seeing... More 

Thank AJS1066
Atlanta, Georgia
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218 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Visited late morning. It was a brisk walk up a very steep path, however, when you get to the cliff dwelling it is worth it! The park rangers are great, and the view spectacular.

Thank pjcharles
Phoenix, Arizona
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99 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The National Monument is a must see. The cliff dwellings are well preserved and just incredible. You get to walk through the actual dwellings themselves and see how life was lived by the Salado people. Be sure to take some water for the hike up to the dwellings. Don't forget your camera. The views of Tonto Basin and Roosevelt Lake... More 

Thank MW007
Havre de Grace, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

You can actually walk into the cliff dwellings so that is always a good thing. The monument is almost 2 hrs outside of Phoenix so the drive was a bit much for us. The visitor center is quite nice, and the staff are eager to greet and talk with visitors. A paved path switchbacks approximately 1/2 mile up hill to... More 

2 Thank bluejay377
Pearland, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We visited the TNM at the end of our Apache Trail drive. One of the dwellings could be observed from the ground (with no entry fee), but the other required a hike in order to see. Both could be hiked to for a nominal fee (we chose not to, but just noting for your information).

2 Thank KeTeKaHa
Chevy Chase, Maryland, United States
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

The walk up to the ruin is more than difficult! By the time I got halfway up the mountain I thought I was going to give out. The angle of the path (paved) seems strait up though it is really a little less. By the time you get to the ranger at the lower ruin I found it difficult to... More 

3 Thank John A
Casa Grande, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

The hike up to the cliff dwellings is a half mile up hill, but the path is paved so sandals do work for this walk. The view changes continuously so be sure to take the time to stop and enjoy it. You are able to go into the cliff dwellings.

3 Thank Sally L

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