Tonto National Monument
Situated within rugged terrain in the northeastern part of the Sonoran Desert, these well-preserved cliff dwellings were occupied during the 13th, 14th, and early 15th centuries.
Prehistoric Peoples of Tonto Basin
Shallow caves overlooking Tonto Basin shelter masonry dwellings nearly 700 years old.Read More
The Sonoran Desert
There is an amazing diversity of life in the desert. There are snakes and cactus, but there are also frogs and wildflowers.Read More
Tonto Basin Tales
As prehistoric groups left Tonto Basin, other native peoples used the valley. The Spaniards arrived in the 1500's, followed by pioneers from the east.Read More
During any trail closures, visitors may be allowed to hike the Lower Cliff Dwelling trail to within viewing distance of the ruins.Read More
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.