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. More »
The diverse plant life now supporting wildlife at Tonto National Monument, five centuries ago supported many people. They left their impact on the land as they built terraces and cleared flat spots, both small and large, for farming. These fields had easy access to water through positioning for rain runoff or irrigation channels. They further changed the landscape by encouraging the growth of certain native plants as a source for their needs, such as the yucca for fiber, food, and soap.
To view a plant list, click on the link.
Did You Know?
Tonto National Monument averages 15" of rain annually. Snow is a rare occurrence, but as long as temperatures remain above freezing, the saguaros don't seem to mind!