Guided tours are offered to the Upper Cliff Dwelling at 10:00 a.m., from November through the end of April. Three or four tours are given weekly, depending on staffing. Tours are limited to 15 people and often fill quickly; call 928) 467-2241 for reservations.
Pets are not allowed on the Upper Cliff Dwelling Trail.
The trail to the Upper Cliff Dwelling is a backcountry trail. The first half of the trail meanders through a wash while gaining elevation, and requires negotiating shallow water, and some climbing on large rocks. The second half of the trail winds steeply via switchbacks and requires climbing a total of about 60 unevenly spaced steps. Keep in mind that reaching the dwelling is only half of the hike; you must return via the same route.
The hike is 3 miles round trip, with an elevation gain of 600 feet. The tour takes 3 to 4 hours. Your guide will keep a moderate pace and stop frequently to talk about natural and cultural history. Rarely, a tour may be canceled due to extreme weather conditions or possible flash flooding. If we can anticipate this, we will try to call you.
You should consider this hike if:
1. You hike on a regular basis.
You should avoid this hike if:
1. You have had a serious illness, injury, or surgery recently and have not yet fully recovered.
Did You Know?
Tonto National Monument is home to a crested saguaro. Biologists 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.