Hiking is restricted to established trails only. Please remain alert, especially if small children are in your party. Tonto is a natural area with real and unfamiliar hazards. Steep slopes and uneven trails can all be hazardous.
The most comfortable time to visit Tonto is between late October and early May. In summer, heat exhaustion can occur rapidly. Please carry ample water, use sunscreen, and wear a hat while hiking the trails.
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.
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.