Unique history, culture, and topography surround Tonto National Monument, offering nearly endless opportunities for discovery, exploration, and recreation.These are just a few of the numerous attractions all around us.
The Apache Trail
The historic Apache Trail also known as Highway 88, takes drivers on a beautiful 39-mile journey through rugged canyons from Apache Junction to Roosevelt Dam. Visitors will experience unique geology and jaw-dropping vistas along the narrow 22-mile stretch of gravel road. This gravel stretch is maintained for passenger vehicles, but the drive is slow and rough. Visit the Tonto National Forest: Scenic Drives webpage for more details.
Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park and Museum in Globe, AZ is home to one of the largest and most complex Salado pueblos. Excavations here revealed one of the largest and most important single-site collections in all of the Southwest. The museum boasts impressive displays of pottery and other artifacts from the same time period as Tonto National Monument (about 1300 CE), and visitors can wander through most of the nearly 200 rooms that make up this impressive Salado site. Visit Besh-Ba-Gowah webpage for hours of operations and details about how to visit.
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Tonto National Forest
Tonto National Forest surrounds the monument with nearly 3 million acres of varied terrain from the low, cactus-filled Sonoran Desert to forests of tall pines. The varied elevation and climate offers year-round opportunities for hiking, camping, backpacking, climbing, and fishing. Find solitude in one of the 8 rugid Wilderness Areas. Roosevelt Lake and the other reservoirs along the Salt River offer numerous opportunities for camping, boating, and fishing.