Photo detail

Tonto National Monument, located in Gila County, was occupied during the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries. These well-preserved cliff dwellings overlooking today’s Roosevelt Lake are nearly 700 years old.

Stories this photo appears in:

Tease photo

Monument offers free admission to honor veterans

Tonto National Monument, along with all other National Park sites plus many fee-charging Forest Service sites will honor U.S. military veterans and members of the armed forces with free admission for all visitors from Saturday, Nov. 9 through Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11.

Tease photo

Hooked on the mystery and the awe

Parks, monuments and museums mount an extravaganza of archeological events in March

I sit in the sandstone ruins tucked beneath a Sierra Ancha cliff face as the sun dies, dabbing idly at the drip of blood on my arm. I put my finger to my tongue and taste the iron. It would make good paint — outlive me by 1,000 years — if I had a little prickly pear juice and some nice, crushed hematite.


Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Requires free registration

Posting comments requires a free account and verification.