Visitor Center is closed
The Visitor Center and bookstore will be closed for several weeks for construction. A temporary Visitor Center will be set up in the parking lot. The trail to the Lower Cliff Dwelling will be open during this period. No entrance fees will be collected.
Plan A Field Trip
Ramada Talk: 10 - 20 minutes, wheelchair accessible. Orientation/brief history of Tonto National Monument.
Lower Cliff Dwelling Tour: about 20 minutes, once the group actually reaches the dwelling; not wheelchair accessible.
Visitor Center: museum, A/V room with 18-minute video on the history of Tonto National Monument, viewing deck with binoculars. Deck and A/V room not wheelchair accessible; video can be shown in museum upon request.
Lower Cliff Dwelling Trail: One-mile loop trail ascends 350’ to the cliff dwelling, about 60 minutes. Steep with some stairs, not wheelchair accessible. Interpretive signs.
Cactus Patch Trail: 1/4-mile trail, about 20 minutes. Moderately steep, wheelchair accessible. Interpretive signs.
Smaller classes will hike to the Lower Cliff Dwelling as a group, and take the Cactus Patch trail on the way back down. For larger classes, we suggest rotating groups through the cliff dwelling, the museum and video, and the Cactus Patch trail.
Did You Know?
The inhabitants of the area in and around Tonto National Monument created beautiful pottery and textiles. Many of the artifacts found here are on display in the museum.