December Treats At Tonto National Monument

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The ruins at Tonto National Monument are the usual draw for visitors, but during December, there will be a couple of opportunities to visit more remote spots

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Plan a trip down south in December for special events at Tonto National Monument

Come join a park ranger for an afternoon tour of Schoolhouse Platform Mound at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12 and enjoy its fascinating cultural history. Have you have ever wondered how people survived hundreds of years ago? The Schoolhouse Platform Mound was occupied for more than 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.

Meet the Tonto National Monument 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. Participants may want to bring water and wear sturdy footwear. The program is free, please call Tonto National Monument at 928-467-2241 extension 25 for further information between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or e-mail the monument at www.nps.gov/tont. Tonto National Monument is located four miles east of Roosevelt Dam on State Highway 188.

Cline Terrace Platform Mound tour

What’s the perfect way to end your day? Come join a park ranger for an afternoon tour of Cline Terrace Platform Mound and enjoy its fascinating cultural history. Ranger Eddie Colyott will touch on farming, natural resource use, and the distinctive characteristics of this site.

Join Ranger Colyott for this two-hour program at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 19. Participants may want to bring water and wear sturdy footwear. The program is free, but please call Tonto National Monument at 928-467-2241 extension 25 for further information or directions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or e-mail the monument at www.nps.gov/tont. Tonto National Monument is located four miles east of Roosevelt Dam on State Highway 188.

Cliff Dwelling photo tours

A new opportunity for photographers visiting Tonto National Monument is being provided by retired professional photographers Peg Lavoie, photographic craftsman and Rex Lavoie, master of photography, master of electronic imaging, photographic craftsman.

In cooperation with the interpretive staff of Tonto National Monument, the Lavoies launched a new 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.

The photo walks are planned to allow the participants not only the time to compose images and to also provide them with the best lighting conditions. Group size is limited to 5 to 7 visitors to make it easier to photograph in the dwelling without getting in each other’s way.

The photo tours start in December and continue through the end of April 2010. Special arrangements can also be made for photo classes and camera clubs if desired.

Please call Tonto National Monument at 928-467-2241 extension 25 for scheduled dates and times or for directions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or e-mail the monument at www.nps.gov/tont. Tonto National Monument is located four miles east of Roosevelt Dam on State Highway 188.

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