• Lower Cliff Dwelling


    National Monument Arizona

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    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.

Hog-nosed Skunk

hog-nosed skunk

Hog-nosed Skunk

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Hog-nosed Skunk
Conepatus mesoleucus

Body length: 14 - 19"
Diet: Insects and rodents

Hog-nosed skunks, the largest of the four skunks that occur at Tonto National Monument, are distinguished by an entirely white tail and lack of a white nose stripe. Note also the large snout. The hog-nosed skunk is often seen with its nose and claws in the dirt, rooting for insects; extensive areas of disturbed topsoil are a sign that one may live nearby.

Very little is known of the habits or habitat of this species, which occurs in only a handful of Southwestern states. It seems to be somewhat more common at lower elevations than other species, but here at the Monument it is most often seen in the Cave Creek Canyon area.

Did You Know?

cotton fiber with spindle and whorl

One of the earliest known cotton farming communities, dating from approximately AD 100 - 600, is located near Tonto National Monument.