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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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We have been to the Cliff Dwellings many years ago and we thought it would be a great trip for our 15 yr old grandson and the foreign exchange student staying with him. The boys... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We have been to the Cliff Dwellings many years ago and we thought it would be a great trip for our 15 yr old grandson and the foreign exchange student staying with him. The boys loved it. It is a hike up to the ruins, one that our health does not allow now, but the boys enjoyed it. There is... More 

Thank Joan T
Escondido, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This cliff dwelling was great to visit. VERY HARD hike up to the top. Lots of benches to rest and perfect asphalt walkway. You must take water on the hike. Beautiful views of the lake and countryside from up there. We did NOT take the long tour to the upper cliff dwelling. That one leaves at 10 am and you... More 

Thank Karen B
Allison Park, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There is a paved path to the lower cliffs from the visitor center, but beware, it is only a half mile round trip but it is rather steep, there are benches along the way to rest and the views keep getting better and better, spectacular at the top. There are railings at the top.There was a volunteer ranger at the... More 

Thank Mary Ellen B
Apache Junction
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a climb up to the ruins, but well worth seeing the cliff dwellings and the spectacular views of Roosevelt Lake below.

Thank NativeTucsonan
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

A nice yet steep hike up to the Salado historic cave dwelling. Quite the view up there. I can't imagine the shape this tribe would have been in walking up and down the steep valley! When you go, make sure to sample the spring water at the start of the parking lot...refreshing!

Thank Marion M
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

This is well worth seeing if you are in the Phoenix area. There is a nice little museum in the visitor centre. The hike up to the lower cave dwelling is very easy and provides great views of Roosevelt Lake. We were told there are also much longer hikes up to the upper cave dwellings, but we did not have... More 

1 Thank Hunterboeuf
Malvern, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

Don't bother comparing this place to national parks such as Mesa Verde. While much smaller in scale, the cliff dwelling ruins at Tonto provides into other historic people who sought to build these fascinating dwellings. One thing for sure, you are likely to find no crowds at Tonto and even may have the place to yourself. While I definitely appreciated... More 

2 Thank Keystone_Traveler
Culbertson, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

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 25, 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 

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