Tonto National Monument Will Hold Open House Saturday, Sunday

Upper Cliff Dwelling will open for visitors at 9 a.m., Adobe wildlife center will present hawks, other birds for viewing


Tonto National Monument will host an open house on Saturday, Nov. 3 and Sunday, Nov. 4.

Visitors may hike to the Upper Cliff Dwelling on their own. The Upper Cliff Dwelling is normally available only on ranger-guided tours and requires an advance reservation.

This weekend's activities will also include prehistoric technology and traditional Native American craft demonstrations.

Volunteers from the Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center in north Phoenix will present an assortment of live animals, including 11 different birds, such as turkey vulture, red-tailed hawk, peregrine and American kestrel falcons, and hummingbirds to a prairie dog, round-tailed ground squirrel, and bats.

The mission of the Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center is to act in cooperation with the Arizona Game and Fish Department to provide rehabilitative care for ill or injured wildlife and educate the public concerning Arizona's unique assortment of wild animals.

The park's visitor center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offers exhibits, bookstore and restrooms. A picnic area with several shaded tables is open until 4:45 p.m.

The trail to the Upper Cliff Dwelling will open at 9 a.m.

This 3-mile round-trip, backcountry hike climbs 600 feet along a moderately strenuous, rocky trail and culminates with a number of switchbacks, before reaching the Upper Cliff Dwelling.

Part of the trail passes through a wash with many loose rocks and boulders. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots, a hat, and sunscreen.

The trip lasts two to three hours, depending on your physical condition or the number of photos you want to take along the way.

The trail to the Upper Cliff Dwelling will close to uphill travel at 2 p.m. Pets are not permitted on the Upper Cliff Dwelling trail.

The paved trail to the Lower Cliff Dwelling is one mile round-trip, climbs 350 feet, and usually takes 45 minutes to an hour to complete. The trail closes to uphill travel at 4 p.m. Pets are permitted, on a leash, on this trail.

The normal fee of $3 per person will apply for persons 16 and over. Tonto National Monument accepts Interagency Annual Passes and Golden Age and Golden Access Passports.

For additional information about Tonto National Monument, call (928) 467-2241. Tonto National Monument is located four miles east of Roosevelt Dam on State Highway 188.

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