Tonto National Monument will be joining national park sites across the country in celebrating National Public Lands Day (NPLD) with fee-free entry into the monument. This year, NPLD will be celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 24.
National Public Lands Day is celebrated annually and the purpose for the fee-free day is to show the public that national parks are public lands and are there for everyone to enjoy. Also, in recognition of this day, the monument’s Western National Parks and Monuments bookstore will be giving a 15 percent discount on all books, games, music, and everything else in the bookstore.
The National Park Service will waive entrance fees again Nov. 11 through Nov. 13 in recognition of Veterans Day.
Tonto National Monument preserves cliff dwellings and other archaeological sites of the prehistoric Salado culture. The monument’s visitor center features exhibits, a bookstore, and an 18-minute orientation video program. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
The paved trail to the Lower Cliff Dwelling is one mile round-trip, climbs 350 feet, and takes about an hour to complete.
The trail closes to uphill travel at 4 p.m. Tonto National Monument is located four miles east of Roosevelt Dam on State Highway 188.
For additional information about Tonto National Monument, please call 928-467-2241 or visit the monument’s Web site at www.nps.gov/tont.