Tonto National Monument-Upper Cliff Dwellings

Roosevelt, Arizona 85545

Tonto National Monument-Upper Cliff Dwellings

Tonto National Monument-Upper Cliff Dwellings Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A lesson in desert ecology featuring several microclimates, a history lesson on the Salado people, and an archaeology lesson, this educational trip to the Upper Cliff Dwelling at Tonto National Monument has it all. The hike and views aren’t bad either.

Leave extra early for this trip, because it requires a considerable amount of time to navigate the twisting mountain roads of the very scenic Apache Trail. Arriving at the Tonto National Monument visitor center, check in with the rangers to make sure you can get on this exclusive tour. They allow only 15 people per day to visit the Upper Cliff Dwelling, and the tour is available only three days a week between November and April.

Dogs are not allowed."

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100 Classic Hikes Arizona (The Mountaineers Books)
Scott S. Warren
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"Perched high above the Tonto Basin in two protective alcoves, the Lower and Upper Cliff Dwellings in Tonto National Monument offer some of the best preserved glimpses of prehistoric life in Arizona. Constructed by the Salado people, these cliff dwellings have survived quite well, but they are only the tip of the archaeological iceberg in the Tonto Basin. The Lower Cliff Dwelling is accessible to all visitors via a paved 0.5-mile trail, whereas the longer route to the Upper Cliff Dwelling accesses a nice slice of the monument’s backcountry. The hike to the Upper Cliff Dwelling is led by rangers and by reservation only. One tour per day, limited to ?fteen participants, is conducted on weekends and some weekdays from November to April. Phone ahead for a reservation." Read more

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Trail Information

Roosevelt
Nearby City
2.4
Distance
762 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3.5 hours
Duration
Saturday–Monday, November to April
Season
2,838 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,600 feet
Top Elevation
928-467-2241, nps.gov/tont
Local Contacts
USGS Boulder Mountain; USFS Tonto National Forest nationalforestmapstore.com/product-p/az-19.htm
Local Maps

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Dec 2018