• 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.

Weather

evening storm in the Sierra Anchas

evening storm in the Sierra Anchas

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Winter
Winter temperatures at Tonto National Monument are usually pleasant with highs in the 60s (15° - 21°C). The winter rainy season is January/February. Snow, though rare, is not unheard of.

Summer
Summers at Tonto National Monument can be extreme, with highs in the 110s (+43° C). Be sure to wear sunscreen and a hat, and to carry (and drink) plenty of water.

Thunderstorms frequently occur during July, August, and early September. Lightning is a real hazard, since hikers are often the tallest object on the hillside.

Spring & Fall
Spring and fall can be the best times to visit. Temperatures are generally mild, and the weather is dry.

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Did You Know?

cotton fiber with spindle and whorl

One of the earliest known cotton farming communities, dating from approximately AD 100 - 600, is located near Tonto National Monument.