Tonto National Monument

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26260 North Arizona Hwy, Roosevelt, AZ, USA
Tonto National Monument - view from the cliff dwellings
Tonto National Monument - view from the cliff dwellings
Tonto National Monument - view from the cliff dwellings
Tonto National Monument - view from the cliff dwellings
Tonto National Monument - view from the cliff dwellings

Tonto National Monument Roosevelt Reviews

dimitrianne1995 dimitria…
9 reviews
May 05, 2007
One of the activities I found before leaving for PHX, was the Tonto National Monument just outside Tonto Basin and near the Apache Trail. I think the cost of admission to walk the trail was roughly $6 or $7. I went during the midmorning and the beginning of May, so the 1 mile hike (1/2 mile uphill and 1/2 mile downhill) was possible (even at my weight). There are lookout points along the way but if you need to sit down every few feet there are limit places to catch your breath towards the top, so if you have difficulity, please take it easy!!! The National Parks service also have water for a small donation. I would recommend getting a bottle or two before starting (found out the hard way...when I came back down my mouth tasted like cotton balls). They also have a small museum and a movie that lasts about 15 mintues. This is nice to check out before starting the walk up to the houses. When you get to the top the view is amazing.
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hannajax hannajax
63 reviews
Oct 03, 2006
In the Sonoran desert, near the Apache trail, lie the 600 year old cliff dwellings of the Salado, Pueblo, and Hohokam Indians. Based on the geographic location of the site,as well as differing architectural styles, archeologists and historians are still arguing about who actually lived here. Considering that the dwellings were inhabited for at least a three hundred year period, it is safe to assume that different tribes resided here.

Though many walls have fallen away due to erosion,human, and animal traffic, archeologists and researchers alike have been fervently working to stabilize, and restore the dwellings.

It is nearly a mile hike up the paved trail to the dwellings, and I was quite surprised that visitors couldwalk within its walls. When you take a moment toreflect on sheer size and scale of what these dwellings once had, how its inhabitants hoofed miles and miles uphill to habitate here, it is humbling. In contrast to the Montezuma Castle cliff dwellings, you can walk around all you want here, whereas Montezuma you can only admire from far far below.
view from the cliff dwellings

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