• Lower Cliff Dwelling

    Tonto

    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.

Saguaro

Saguaros

Saguaros

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The fruit is tasty fresh, dried, fermented into wine, or made into jelly or syrup.

The tiny seeds can be ground into flour or a peanut butter-like spread. When chewed thoroughly, they are a good source of protein and fats, and are rich in Vitamin C. The oil is a substitute for lard.

Gruel is made from the plant for stimulating milk production after childbirth.

The wood is used for starting fires, building, splints, or as canes for the elderly, blind, and dancers.

A piece of heated flesh is wrapped in cloth and used to treat rheumatism.

The mashed seeds are used in tanning, to soften deer skins.

The boots are used to carry and store food and other small objects.

Did You Know?

crested saguaro

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.