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The Salado Phenomena, 700 years ago, blended ideas of neighboring Native American cultures to emerge a unique and vibrant society. Tonto National Monument showcases two Salado-style cliff dwellings. Colorful pottery, woven cotton cloth, and other artifacts tell a story of people living and using resources from the northern Sonoran Desert from 1250 to 1450 CE.

Lower Cliff Dwelling set on a vegetated hill side.

Lower Cliff Dwelling

Learn about the Lower Cliff Dwelling before hiking the one mile trail from the Visitor Center

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Early Visitors to the Cliff Dwellings

Read an early account of the cliff dwellings at Tonto written by a local school teacher in 1880,

Image of the Lower Cliff Dwelling. Partial wall stands in front of a two story wall.

Lower Dwelling Construction Sequence

Learn how the Lower Cliff Dwelling was built 700 years ago.

Smoke above Tonto National Monument

Woodbury Fire 2019

The Woodbury Fire burned during the summer of 2019.

Illuminated cliff dwelling with the Milky Way Galaxy above.

Salado Skies

Tonto National Monument helps protect the night skies as they would have appeared to the Salado people 700 years ago.

Last updated: August 31, 2021

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26260 N AZ Hwy 188 Lot 2
Roosevelt , AZ 85545


928 467-2241

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