Things To Know Before You Come
New Firearms Law
Archeological Site Etiquette
Arizona contains some of the nation's - and indeed the world's - greatest archaeological sites. Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with this site etiquette guide that will facilitate an enjoyable visit for you, AND for others who follow you! This is a PDF document.
Parking lot has limited turning radius; vehicles longer than 30 feet and towing another vehicle experience difficulty negotiating the turn. Large vehicle parking is available 1/2 mile below visitor center at picnic area.
Spiders and Stinging Insects
Honeybees live in the caves and crevices along the trails. Wasps are more commonly encountered in the riparian area of the Upper Cliff Dwelling Trail. If you are allergic to insect stings, plan accordingly. Bees and wasps are attracted to sugar, so it is a good idea to carry water instead of sodas. For more information about dealing with bees, click on the link. This is a Word Document.
Reducing the effects of the Heat
* Slow down. Strenuous activities should be rescheduled to cooler parts of the day.
Did You Know?
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.