• Lower Cliff Dwelling


    National Monument Arizona

Cliff Chipmunk

cliff chipmunk

Cliff Chipmunk

NPS Photo

Cliff Chipmunk
Tamias dorsalis

Body length: 5 - 6"
Diet: Plant seeds, stems, and flowers

These extremely agile, bushy-tailed animals are frequently observed at the Lower and Upper Cliff Dwellings, where they can be seen running up sheer cliff walls. They apparently den in deep crevices above the cliff dwellings. In late spring, look for young chipmunks playing on the rocks and ruin walls.

The presence of cliff chipmunks at Tonto National Monument is noteworthy, because they are normally found in much higher mountain forests in Arizona. Here, they occur at elevations as low as 2,580 feet, 620 feet below their reported low range limit.

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...