Basic Information

26260 N AZ Hwy 188 Lot 2
Roosevelt, AZ 85545

The cliff dwellings at Tonto National Monument are roughly two hours from the Phoenix metro area, located in the Tonto Basin. The monument is off AZ Highway 188 near Roosevelt Lake. The nearest major towns are Globe (30 miles) and Payson (50 miles). See our Directions page for recommendations on the best way to drive here from the larger metro areas of Arizona.

Tonto National Monument

The hours for the National Monument are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. everyday except December 25 when the Monument is closed. Please arrive before 4:00 p.m. to hike to the Lower Cliff Dwelling. During the months of June, July, and August, the Lower Cliff Dwelling Trail begins reduced summer hours from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., please begin the hike before 12 p.m. (noon).

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Additional Information

Weather during the summer can be extremely hot. It is typically 10 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than Phoenix. Winter weather may create hazardous conditions on the roads to Tonto National Monument. Severe thunderstorms may lead to a closer of the hiking trails.

Entrance Fees:

Per Person Entrance Fee - $7.00

The entrance fee applies to everyone 16 and older. Children under 16 are free. Tonto National Monument accepts all interagency federal public lands passes in places of the entrance fee. These Include the Annual, Senior, Access, Military, and Fourth Grader passes.

Visitor Center

The Visitor Center offers a great introduction into the people who built the dwellings 700 years ago. The newly remodeled museum features artifacts and replicas. The park movie shows on demand through the day. The bookstore, operated by Western National Parks Association, sells educational items.


Two Cliff Dwellings and a Museum

Lower Cliff Dwelling
The Lower Cliff Dwelling trail is open daily (closed December 25) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You must start your hike before 4:00 pm. During the months of June, July and August, start your hike before 12 pm (noon). The trail is 1 mile (1.6 km) roundtrip and takes about one hour to complete.

Upper Cliff Dwelling
The Upper Cliff Dwelling is open by guided tours only. The trail is 3 miles (4.8 km) roundtrip and takes about 3 to 4 hours. For more information, visit the Guided Tours page.

Museum and Visitor Center
The museum and Visitor Center are open daily (closed December 25) from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Last updated: October 20, 2017

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Mailing Address:

26260 N AZ Hwy 188 Lot 2
Roosevelt, AZ 85545


(928) 467-2241

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