May 27, 2008
Learn about the ancient history and mysteries of central Arizona at
the Tonto National Monument, south of Payson.
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Builders vanished centuries ago
Just 60 miles outside of Payson, the dozing ruins of Tonto National Monument have lately yielded fresh clues to an ancient mystery. The 1,100-acre monument centered on two sets of well-preserved cliff dwellings have lately inspired new research, particularly in light of the discovery of 3,000- to 8,000-year-old spear points and other artifacts at a site overlooking Roosevelt Lake. Drawn by a spring that still lurks beneath the surface, ancient hunters regularly occupied the site over the course of millennia.