Explore a National Treasure!
Tonto National Monument provides a place to explore and learn about a unique part of America's heritage.
The Visitor Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Years Day. The visitor center will also close early at 3:00 pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. For more information visit the Hours & Seasons page.
Lower Cliff Dwelling
The Lower Cliff Dwelling is open year-round. It is a steep 0.5 mile walk uphill on a paved path. When you arrive, check in at the Visitor Center. You must start your hike before 4:00 p.m. During the months of June, July, and August, you must start your hike before 12:00 p.m (noon). Hiking to the Lower Cliff Dwelling takes about one hour round-trip.
Upper Cliff Dwelling
The Upper Cliff Dwelling is accessible by guided tour with a reservation only. The tour takes 3 to 4 hours. Tours are offered every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from November through April. To make a reservation, you must call (928)467-2241. Space and number of tours are limited due to the sensitivity of this site. For more information, visit the Guided Tours page.
Visitor Center and Museum
The Visitor Center offers a great introduction to the people and way of life that occupied this place 700 years ago. Watch the 18 minute park film and browse throughout the parkstore, operated by Western National Parks Association.
Tonto National Monument charges $10 per person. Children under 16 are free. All Federal Passes (Annual, Senior, Access, Military, Fourth Grade, Volunteer) are accepted. Visit the Fees and Passes page or the Special Use Permits page for more information.
Pets are allowed on the Lower Cliff Dwelling trail and must be leashed at all time. Pets are not allowed in the Visitor Center or in the Lower Cliff Dwelling itself. It is illegal to leave your pet in the car. Even during mild temperatures, the inside of cars may become very hot while sitting in the sun. It is illegal to leave a car idling in the parking lot. For more information, visit the pets page.
Be prepared and be aware! Before visiting, please read and review the Safety Information page.
The Visitor Center, museum, replica room, bookstore, and picnic area all meet accessibility standards for people with mobility issues. The trails to the cliff dwellings are steeply graded and do not meet accessibility standards. For more information, visit the Accessibility page.
To complete your day, check out other nearby attractions. This includes the Apache Trail (Highway 88-this road is only open to Apache Lake from the Tonto National Monument side), Roosevelt Dam, Tonto National Forest Visitor Center, Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park, Bullion Plaza Museum, Rim County Museum and Zane Grey Cabin, and Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. For more information, visit the Nearby Attractions page.
Last updated: November 28, 2023