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Tonto National Monument

HC02 Box 4602, Roosevelt, AZ 85545
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Roosevelt
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Monuments/ Statues, Caverns/ Caves
Activities: Group tours/day tour
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Reservations are required to visit the ruins of Salado cliff dwellings.
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Globe, Arizona
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86 reviews 86 reviews
28 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We visited Tonto Ruins this month with out of state visitors and really enjoyed ourselves (but it WAS hot!) Going during the monsoon season in Arizona and summer temperatures makes for a muggy hot hike; visiting a little later in the fall or spring months would make it perfect. From the lower parking lot and visitor center you hike up... More

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74 reviews 74 reviews
13 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We arrived mid afternoon on a very hot day. The centre was closed for repair but there was a ranger there to help and also to are sure that you were equipped for the climb. It is about half a hole and goes up 350ft so quite steep but steady. The cave dwelling though is spectacular once you get ther... More

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Miami, Arizona
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This is a fascinating place ... with great views and a chance to experience the past, learn a little about the surrounding wildlife, plants, and the history that surrounds this step back in time. Our early morning tour was Ranger Guided. The lower monument is self guided. They also offer special programs and have a great visitor center and museum... More

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Long Beach, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

My first trip to real cliff dwellings. Great. Ranger was a real nice guy who knew alot about the place...and other things too. The walk was nice and the trail clean and beautiful. Some little bugs were trying to eat us so bring spray of some kind.. i had some insect stuff from work thank god. This trip puts it... More

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Portland, ME
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We first happened upon the monument after driving the Apache Trail. It was the off season, so we made a point of coming back when it was open. Half the fun of getting here is the drive - whether you take the Apache Trail, or come in from Globe, the scenery is just gorgeous. Coming over a hill and having... More

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

We were travelling from Casa Grande to Flagstaff so we (wife and 16 year old and 13 year old sons) decided to go a little out of our way there and we are glad we did. The drive was a lot of fun in our Nissan Maxima. The lake was beautiful from the monument. The park was very peaceful and... More

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Chesterton, Indiana, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

If you go clockwise on the Apache Trail, after Tortilla Flats you have a 22 mile journey on a very rough stretch of road, then you hit the wonderful Roosevelt dam followed by the Tonto National Monument. It is well worth the trip! Two wonderful ancient cliff dwellings, one an easy 1/3 mile from park headquarters the other is a... More

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Denver, Colorado
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

This interesting Salado Indian Cliff dwelling is a wonderful place to visit, but the walk up feels like you are walking up a 45 degree angle. It is the steepest climb I remember doing. The path is paved which makes the climb easier and there are lots of places to rest. Coming from Denver (a mile high), we thought we... More

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Roosevelt, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Great opportunity to experience the true locations of where some of the Salado Indians lived and thrived before vanishing. To exist in this environment, let alone thrive, is astonishing. They must have known or been connected with something regarding human nature that seems to have vanished along with them? While in the area, be sure to visit Roosevelt Dam and... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
9 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

We did our homework before driving The Apache Trail, but somehow I overlooked information about Tonto National Monument...Unfortunately, we arrived at the monument right at closing time. Seeing the disappointed look on our faces, the rangers gave up a quick summary of the history of the cliff dwellers who had inhabited this ancient site and allowed us to go to... More

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