Special Tonto Monument Tours Offered


Enjoy fascinating cultural history with ranger-guided tours offered by Tonto National Monument.

Come join a park ranger for an afternoon tour of Schoolhouse Platform Mound at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.

Have you have ever wondered how people survived hundreds of years ago? The Schoolhouse Platform Mound was occupied for over 100 years. Park Ranger Jan Harper will touch on farming, natural resource use, why Schoolhouse Platform Mound is different from others located in Tonto Basin, and other historical insights into the area.

Tonto National Monument is four miles east of Roosevelt Dam on Highway 188. Meet the park ranger at the parking lot at Schoolhouse Point. After turning from Highway 188 into the Schoolhouse Recreation Site, follow the road until passing the fee booth, turn right onto the paved road leading to Schoolhouse Point.

Cline Terrace Platform Mound Tour

Ranger Eddie Colyott will offer an afternoon tour of Cline Terrace Platform Mound. He will touch on farming, natural resource use and the distinctive characteristics of this site.

This two-hour program begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. Participants may want to bring water and wear sturdy footwear.

Cliff Dwelling Photo Tours

A new opportunity for photographers visiting Tonto National Monument is being provided by retired professional photographers Peg and Rex Lavoie.

In cooperation with the interpretive staff of Tonto National Monument, volunteers Rex and Peg Lavoie launched a visitor photo walk program at the park. The goal of the photo walks is to provide a way for professional and serious amateur photographers to photograph along the Upper Cliff Dwelling trail as well as at the ruin itself without having to disrupt the regular ranger-guided tours. Group size is limited to 5-7 visitors to make it easier to photograph in the dwelling without getting in each others’ way.

The programs are free, but call Tonto National Monument at (928) 467-2241, ext. 25 for further information or directions, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or e-mail the monument at www.nps.gov/tont.


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