• 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.

Townsend's Big-eared Bat

Townsend’s Big-eared Bat
Corynorhinus townsendii

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Wingspan: 12 – 13”; Body length: 2 – 2 1/2”
Diet: moths

The big-eared bat does, indeed, have large ears – as much as 1” long.

This bat is found throughout the western US, with a few isolated populations in the eastern US. Both of the eastern subspecies are considered endangered. Human activity has caused females to abandon nursing colonies, leaving the young to starve.

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.