History & Culture

A Story of People Living in the Desert

Although Tonto National Monument mainly protects two well preserved cliff dwellings, the story of people in the Tonto Basin goes back thousands of years. Their stories are revealed by archaeological research and insights offered by Native Americans. Tonto National Monument is the only National Park Service site dedicated to telling the story of the Salado people who built the dwellings you can still visit today. The Museum preserves some of the most important finds from the pre-Hispanic American Southwest. Also, learn more about the pioneer history of the area that seems steeped in the Wild West lore.

Please explore the history & culture of Tonto National Monument!

Learn about the Lower Cliff Dwelling
Learn about the Upper Cliff Dwelling
Learn about People
Learn about Places
Learn about Stories


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