Pets are welcome at Tonto National Monument!
Pets are allowed in the parking lot, on the Lower Cliff Dwelling trail and Cactus Patch trail, and in the picnic area. Pets must be leashed at all times. Keeping your pet on a leash protects them from cactus, venomous animals, and keeps other visitors and pets safe. Make sure you clean up after your pet and bring water for them.
Pets are not allowed in the Visitor Center, Museum, in the Lower Cliff Dwelling, in the Upper Cliff Dwelling, or on the Upper Cliff Dwelling Trail. This restriction does not apply to service animals specifically trained to aid a person with a disability.
If you are visiting during the hottest months of the year, a "palm test" is recommended before hiking to the Lower Cliff Dwelling- place your hand on the pavement for a minute and see if it is comfortable there. If the pavement feels hot to your palm, it will be hot to your dog's paws.
It is illegal to leave a pet in the car; even during milder temperatures, the inside of cars can become very hot sitting in the sun. It is illegal to leave a car idling in the parking lot.
Bark Ranger Program
Become a Bark Ranger! Pets make great hiking companions on the Lower Cliff Dwelling Trail. It is important to make sure you and your dog know about the rules and safety tips for bringing pets along. Complete the Bark Ranger activity [pdf] to learn more. Bark Ranger tags are available to purchase for your pet in the park bookstore.
Last updated: August 31, 2019