• Lower Cliff Dwelling

    Tonto

    National Monument Arizona

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  • 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.

Big Brown Bat

Big Brown Bat
Eptesicus fuscus

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Wingspan: 13 – 16”; Body length: 2 1/2 – 3”
Diet: insects

These bats are found from southern Canada into Central America. They often roost in barns and under bridges, and move into caves and mines to hibernate. Apparently, some individuals use the same feeding ground on different nights. After feeding, they fly to a night roost to rest.

Big brown bats are not listed as endangered because they are widely distributed throughout their range and populations appear to be relatively stable.

Did You Know?

hillside with wildflowers

Spring can be a very colorful season at Tonto National Monument, but when will the wildflowers bloom? Rain is needed throughout the winter, and warm days are a good indicator of a full bloom ahead. If you miss the peak flowering season, remember that you’ve also missed the peak crowds. More...