Where is Tonto National Monument?
A first sight on the Gila-Pinal Scenic Road is the Tonto National Monument. It consists of a 700 year old cave dwellings of the Salado Indians, which can be visited after a short, easy hike (about 800 m).
The lower Ruins, visible from below, offer beautiful views of the valley of the Salt River and Roosevelt Lake. The Ascent is accompanied by Saguara cacti and other typical plants of the Sonoran Desert. The twice as large rock Pueblo of the Upper Ruins can only be visited on a three-hour round trip led by Rangers (offered at irregular intervals). The small visitor center at the end of the short Branch Road that branches off AZ 88 five miles west of Roosevelt displays exhibits on Salado Indian culture (8am-5pm daily, 6pm in summer). There is water, but no food or camping equipment.
Address: 26260 AZ-188, Roosevelt, AZ 85545
Established: October 21, 1907
Phone: (928) 467-2241
Visitors: 39,822 (in 2018)