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.
Cacti / Desert Succulents
When asked to describe a desert, many people imagine extreme heat and miles of sand dunes. They wonder how anything could possibly survive in such a hostile environment. Actually, this region has an incredible variety of vegetation, with the various species of cacti being some of the most recognizable.
Did You Know?
Tonto National Monument is home to a crested saguaro. Botanists 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.