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.
From June 1 through August 31, the Lower Cliff Dwelling will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. You must start your hike by 12:00 p.m.
Booking an Upper Cliff Dwelling Tour
Find out how to reserve a spot on the Upper Cliff Dwelling Tour. It is 3 to 4 hours long and offered November to April.
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?
Last updated: June 23, 2018