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Four miles east of Roosevelt Dam on SR 188, Tonto National Monument preserves the most accessible of south-central Arizona's prehistoric cliff dwellings. The remains of a two-story pueblo built in a natural cave are visible from the headquarters parking area. A half-mile-long (one way) paved foot trail ascends 350 feet and leads to cliff dwellings that were occupied by the Salado culture in the 13th and 14th centuries. Summer temperatures are high; wear a hat and suitable shoes and carry sufficient water.
Ranger-conducted, 3-hour tours to the less accessible 40-room Upper Cliff Dwelling are available November through April. Tours are conducted 3 or 4 days a week and are limited to 15 people per day; reservations are required. Phone (928) 467-2241, ext. 8450 for reservations.
A visitor center and museum contain artifacts from the Salado culture, including examples of the pottery and woven textiles for which they are noted. Leashed pets are allowed on the lower trail but not on the Upper Cliff Dwelling tour or in any dwellings. Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum. Park and visitor center open daily 8-5; closed Christmas. Trail to the Lower Cliff Dwelling closes 1 hour before park closing. Picnic area 8-4:45. Admission $5; free (ages 0-15). Phone (928) 467-2241, ext. 8450.
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