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.
Planning Your Visit to Tonto?
Find out more how to visit Tonto National Monument. Discover how to hike to the Upper or Lower Cliff Dwellings. See the new museum exhibit.
Culture and Nature of Tonto NM
Learn more about the cliff dwellings and surrounding area. How does the desert landscape effect both natural and human life?