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Tonto National Monument

HC02 Box 4602, Roosevelt, AZ 85545, Phone: (928) 467-2241

Tonto National MonumentFrom Phoenix, take State Highway 60 (Superstition Freeway) east to Globe/Miami (75 miles); turn left (northwest) on State Highway 188; drive 30 miles to Tonto National Monument entrance.

From Scottsdale, take State Highway 87 (Beeline Highway) north to State Highway 188 (80 miles); turn right (southeast) on 188 and drive 35 miles to Roosevelt Dam; then drive four miles east on 188 to Tonto National Monument.

From Tucson, take State Highway 77 north to Globe (100 miles); at intersection of 77 and State Highway 60, follow 60 through Globe to State Highway 188; turn right (northwest) on 188 and drive 30 miles to Tonto National Monument.

The Salado Indians who farmed the Salt River Valley inhabited the cliff dwellings in this national monument during the 13th and 14th centuries.

The park offers some hiking, interpretive talks, picnic spots and numerous photographic opportunities, as well as a visitor center and museum.

Tonto National Monument is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It has no campsites, but lodging is available nearby.

Well-preserved cliff dwellings occupied by Salado Indians during the 13th and 14th centuries. The people farmed in the Salt River valley and supplemented their diet by hunting and gathering. Self-guided hike on paved trail to lower ruin (one mile round trip); guided tours to Upper Ruin in November through April (three miles round trip). 1,120 acres. They established it in 1907.

One visitor center with exhibits and slide program, sales outlet for interpretive literature.

Two trails: Lower Ruin (paved, .5 miles, ascends 350 feet, self-guided); Upper Ruin (dirt, 1.5 miles, ascend 600 feet, ranger-guided only); one-mile park road from entrance to visitor center.

Guided tours to Upper Ruin, November through April, three- four hours, three miles round trip, reservations required; scheduled walks and talks during busy visitor season, January through April. Junior ranger program for kids to complete activity booklet and earn badge, certificate.

Reservations (no charge) required for Upper Ruin Tour; limited to 15 per tour; one to three tours given weekly depending on staffing.

"Open House" annually on one weekend in March. Visitors can hike to Upper Ruin on their own (participation in Arizona Archeology Awareness Month Celebration).

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