TONTO NATIONAL MONUMENT IN GILA COUNTY, ARIZONA

The Salado Phenomena, 700 years ago, blended ideas of neighboring Native American cultures to emerge a unique and vibrant society. Tonto National Monument showcases two Salado-style cliff dwellings. Colorful pottery, woven cotton cloth, and other artifacts tell a story of people living and using resources from the northern Sonoran Desert from 1250 to 1450 CE.

The southeast-facing settlements were built quite high up a steep hillside within well-protected natural caves overlooking the Tonto Basin, which is now flooded forming Theodore Roosevelt Lake, though originally the Salt River flowed through the basin which was therefore well irrigated and fertile. As with many other ancient peoples of the Southwest, the Salado appear to have abandoned their villages suddenly, early in the fifteenth century, for reasons which are not known.

IMPORTANT PARK INFORMATION

Basic operational information for the park is showcased here.  Simply click on the "+" for specific details.  For more info visit the website below.

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Photo Credit:  National Parks Service

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The Tonto Basin Ranger District has many outstanding trails for your hiking pleasure.  

Hiking Trails

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Roosevelt Lake offers outstanding water sports opportunities.  Boating, Jet Skiing, wake boarding, kayaking etc.

Water Sports

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Looking to drop a line in and catch the big one?  Roosevelt Lake has some whoppers.  

Fishing

THINGS TO DO AROUND TONTO NATIONAL MONUMENT