• Lower Cliff Dwelling


    National Monument Arizona

There are park alerts in effect.
show Alerts »
  • 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.

Animal list

Mammals, amphibians, and reptiles of Tonto National Monument

Click on the links to learn more.



Collared peccary Pecari tajacu

Mule Deer Odocoileus hemionus

White-tailed Deer Odocoileus virginianus

Insectivores and Bats

Desert Shrew Notiosorex crawfordi

Arizona Myotis Myotis occultus

Big Brown Bat Eptesicus fuscus

Big Free-tailed Bat Nyctinomops macrotis

California Myotis Myotis californicus

Cave Myotis Myotis velifer

Mexican Free-tailed Bat Tadarida brasiliensis

Pallid Bat Antrozous pallidus

Pocketed Free-tailed Bat Nyctinomops femorosaccus

Southwestern Myotis Myotis auriculus

Townsend's Big-eared Bat Corynorhinus townsendii

Western Mastiff Bat Eumops perotis

Western Pipistrelle Pipistrellus hesperus

Western Small-footed Myotis Myotis ciliolabrum

Yuma Myotis Myotis yumanensis

Rabbits and Hares

Black-tailed Jackrabbit Lepus californicus

Desert Cottontail Sylvilagus audubonii

Eastern Cottontail Sylvilagus floridanus


Bailey's Pocket Mouse Chaetodipus baileyi

Cactus Mouse Peromyscus eremicus

Cliff Chipmunk Tamias dorsalis

Harris' Antelope Squirrel Ammospermophilus harrisii

Merriam's Kangaroo Rat Dipodomys merriami

Porcupine Erethizon dorsatum

Rock Squirrel Spermophilus variegatus

Southern Grasshopper Mouse Onychomys torridus

White-throated Woodrat Neotoma albigula


Badger Taxidea taxus

Black Bear Ursus americanus

Bobcat Lynx rufus

Coati Nasua narica

Cougar Felis concolor

Coyote Canis latrans

Gray Fox Urocyon cinereoargenteus

Hog-nosed Skunk Conepatus mesoleucus

Hooded Skunk Mephitis macroura

Raccoon Procyon lotor

Ringtail Bassariscus astutus

Spotted Skunk Spilogale gracilis

Striped Skunk Mephitis mephitis


Toads and Frogs

Canyon Treefrog Hyla arenicolor

Colorado River Toad Bufo alvarius

Couch's Spadefoot Scaphiopus couchii

Great Plains Toad Bufo cognatus

Red-spotted Toad Bufo punctatus

Woodhouse's Toad Bufo woodhousii



Clark's Spiny Lizard Sceloporus clarkii

Desert Night Lizard Xantusia vigilis

Desert Spiny Lizard Sceloporus magister

Gila Monster (P) Heloderma suspectum

Gila Spotted Whiptail Cnemidophorus flagellicaudus

Great Plains Skink Eumeces obsoletus

Greater Earless Lizard Cophosaurus texanus

Madrean Alligator Lizard Elgaria kingii

Regal Horned Lizard Phrynosoma solare

Side-blotched Lizard Uta stansburiana

Sonoran Collared Lizard Crotaphytus nebrius

Sonoran Spotted Whiptail Cnemidophorus sonorae

Tree Lizard Urosaurus ornatus

Western Banded Gecko Coleonyx variegatus

Western Whiptail Cnemidophorus tigris

Zebratail Lizard Callisaurus draconoides


Arizona Black Rattlesnake (P) Crotalus viridis cerberus

Blackneck Garter Snake Thamnophis cyrtopsis

Blacktail Rattlesnake (P) Crotalus molossus

Coachwhip Masticophis flagellum

Common Kingsnake Lampropeltis getula

Gopher Snake Pituophis catenifer

Ground Snake Sonora semiannulata

Longnose Snake Rhinocheilus lecontei

Lyre Snake Trimorphodon biscutatus

Night Snake Hypsiglena torquata

Ringneck Snake Diadophis punctatus

Sonoran Whipsnake Masticophis bilineatus

Southwestern Blackhead Snake Tantilla hobartsmithi

Western Coral Snake (P) Micruroides euryxanthus

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (P) Crotalus atrox

Western Patchnose Snake Salvadora hexalepis

P = Poisonous

Did You Know?

old photo of the Lower Cliff Dwellings

The first known written record of the cliff dwellings at Tonto National Monument dates from 1880. Archeologist Adolph Bandelier visited the dwellings in 1883, and said they were some of the best preserved he had ever seen. More...