Frequently Asked Questions
When is the monument open? Every day except Christmas Day, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Lower Cliff Dwelling trail closes to uphill travel at 4:00 p.m.
What are your fees? Our entrance fees are $3 per adult. Children under the age of 16 are admitted free of charge. We also accept the Interagency Annual, Senior, or Access pass.
When is the best time to come? Most people visit the monument in the winter. Spring and fall are also good times to visit, since daytime temperatures are fairly mild. Summers are extremely hot, with daytime temperatures well in excess of 100 degrees.
Do you offer any tours? We offer guided tours to the Upper Cliff Dwelling. Click on the link for more information. The Lower Cliff Dwelling is self-guided.
Will I see any snakes on the trail? It is possible; just give them the right-of-way. Most snake species at Tonto are non-venomous, but they should all be left alone.
Why can't I visit other archeological sites in the monument? There are other sites in the Monument, but they are very fragile and there are no trails to them. Visit our Nearby Attractions page for information on other local sites you can visit, or check our Calendar of Events for a schedule of off-site tours.
Where did the dwellings' inhabitants get their water? There is a small spring located 1/2-mile from the cliff dwellings. There is also a cistern in the Upper Cliff Dwelling that could have held up to 100 gallons, so they didn't need to make the 3-mile walk to the Salt River to get water.
Did You Know?
Tonto National Monument is home to a crested saguaro. Biologists disagree as to why some saguaros grow in this unusual form. Some speculate that it is a genetic mutation. Others say it is the result of lightning or freeze damage. About one in 150,000 saguaros develop this unusual growth.