• Lower Cliff Dwelling

    Tonto

    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.

Park Planning

The National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978 tasked the National Park Service to prepare General Management Plans for all national park units. The purpose of the General Management Plan is:

1) To clearly describe specific resource conditions and visitor experiences in various management units throughout the park and

2) To identify the kinds of management, use, and development that will be appropriate to achieving and maintaining those conditions.

Tonto National Monument's General Management Plan was completed in 2003. This is a very large PDF file.

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.