Tonto National Monument has several trails available for hiking. Wear sturdy walking shoes, a hat, and sunscreen, and be sure to drink plenty of water while hiking.
The unpaved 1.5-mile Upper Cliff Dwelling trail ascends 600 vertical feet, and is considered strenuous. You must be accompanied by park staff to visit this dwelling; guided tours are conducted from November through April, and last three to four hours. Three to four tours are given weekly, but are limited to 15 people and often fill quickly; call early for reservations.
Did You Know?
The first known written record of the cliff dwellings at Tonto National Monument dates from 1880. Archeologist Adolph Bandelier visited the dwellings in 1883, and said they were some of the best preserved he had ever seen. More...