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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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Wonderful little hike & views

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Tempe, Arizona
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

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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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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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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Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

The lower ruins were great and the guide was super helpful with tons of information about the ruins. We were disappointed to hear we could not go to the higher ruins without a reservation. Why not have 3 tours per day go out 2 hours apart? Really hoped we could have seen the upper. Definitely should stop and see this... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Just east of Phoenix at Tonto National Monument are some of the best preserved cliff dwellings in the Southwest. As I've come to expect of the staff of our national parks and monuments, the eagerness to answer questions will only encourage you to visit other sites. Be sure to pull out your Passport and get it stamped. This site is... More 

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 via mobile

We drove the entire Apache trail starting from Apache Junction heading towards Globe. Fantastic ride (that,s another review!). Stopped at Tonto to see the cliff dwellings. OMG, 1/2 mile hike, 350 feet up a cemented path with handrails and benches along the way. The good news is that it was worth the effort. It is not too often that you... More 

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Dickinson, North Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

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 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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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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