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Tonto National Monument

HC02 Box 4602, Roosevelt, AZ 85545
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Ranked #1 of 2 attractions in Roosevelt
Type: National Parks, Monuments/ Statues, Caverns/ Caves
Activities: Group tours/day tour
Description: Reservations are required to visit the ruins of Salado cliff dwellings.
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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 NEW

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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8 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

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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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Great views from the top! The drive out can be a bit of a challenge at times, but its well worth it and has a few fun stops along the way. Paved path to the top with plenty of space to stop and rest or pass others taking a leisure climb. I was in Phoenix on business and made the... More

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Mesa, Arizona
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Having written the book "Kokopelli: Dream Catchers of an Ancient" in which I used this as a home for Kokopelli and his family, I have visited here often. Each time I felt a special reverence, and reconstructed the village below with the agricutural area off to the left when looking from above. The paved path is strenuous, but has benches... More

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Anoka, Minnesota
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

We couldn't wait to climb to the lower ruins. As others have said- you need reservations to climb with a ranger to the upper ruins. But the lower ruin climb is very challenging for us seniors! (We got in free using our National Park Senior Passes). The path is paved and there are rest areas. Once you get to the... More

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Top Contributor
311 reviews 311 reviews
74 attraction reviews
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

As other reviewers have warned it is bit of climb from the visitor’s center to the ruins. The Ranger told us the trail was about one-half mile and gained about 350 feet in altitude. For those of us with a lot of years behind us or with a propensity for preferring the sofa and a remote there are benches strategically... More

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Redcliff, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

It's a bit of a hike up to the ruins but it's a trip to the past as you see the hand prints in the mud walls and see the smoke stained ceilings. A ranger on site was knowledgeable and friendly. A visitor center adds interesting background to the site and on the walk to the ruins there are signs... More

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Houston, Texas
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27 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

A short but steep hike from the visitor center winds up through switchbacks to a nice cliff dwelling where you can walk around most of the dwelling. Along the way you get to see the beautiful scenery of a saguaro cactus forest and vistas going off several miles down to Lake Roosevelt. Well worth an hour to spend at the... More

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Borrego Springs, California
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211 reviews 211 reviews
115 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

Hiked 3 miles with park ranger up to 800 year old Salado Cliff Dwellings called "The Upper Ruins" - AWESOME!!! Call the park in advance to get times and make reservation.

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Rochester, NY
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287 reviews 287 reviews
59 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

After driving the dusty and bumpy Apache Trail we stopped here to unwind. The steep trail up brought us to a great view of the lake and the valley. Cannot image this short hike in the summer heat. The ranger on the trail was full of great details on the area and the dwellings.

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