May 23, 2017
Contact: Hilary Clark
, (928) 467-2241
Roosevelt, AZ - In order to mitigate the number of heat-related incidents and promote visitor safety, Tonto National Monument will reduce summer hours to the Lower Cliff Dwelling from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. starting on June 1, 2017 and ending on August 31, 2017.
Visitors who wish to hike to the Lower Cliff Dwelling should plan to start their hike by 12:00 p.m. No fees will be charged after access to the Lower Cliff Dwelling has been closed. As an alternative, visitors can hike up the Cactus Patch Loop which showcases some of the key plants of the Sonoran Desert and provides scenic views of the Lower Cliff Dwelling.
The Visitor Center will remain open daily, including holidays, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with tours of the museum, replica room, ranger-led programs, an engaging 20-minute movie about the Salado, as well as opportunities to shop at the Western National Parks Association Bookstore.
Tonto National Monument protects two cliff dwellings built by the Salado people over 700 years ago. Established as a national monument in 1907 by President Teddy Roosevelt, the cliff dwellings were part of the early archaeological preservation movement in America. The Monument is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except for December 25. Directions and additional information are available on the Monument's website, www.nps.gov/tont, or you may call (928) 467-2241.
No camping is available at Tonto National Monument. The nearest camping is available at Windy Hill Campground in Tonto National Forest. For more information on camping visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/tonto/
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