• Lower Cliff Dwelling


    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.

California myotis

California Myotis
Myotis californicus

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Wingspan: 9 - 10"; Body length: 1 1/2 - 2"
Diet: small flying insects

This is one of the smallest bats in the US, weighing approximately .1 ounce (about the same as a penny). In arid regions, it is usually found near water. It locates concentrations of insects, where its slow, maneuverable flight allows it to catch several insects at a time. When feeding near water, it tends to fly close to the bank, unlike the Yuma bat, which forages over open water.

The California bat is one of the more stable species of bats in Arizona. This may be because it roosts in a variety of shelters, and does not usually return to the same roost every day.

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...