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Metates used for grinding corn emerge from the shadows of ruins abandoned for unknown reasons in the 1400s.

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Ancient mysteries in modern light

Photographers savor a rare chance to explore Upper Ruins

Mystery. Light. History. Angles. Breathtaking views. All await discovery among the 700-year-old Upper Cliff Ruins of the Tonto National Monument. Normally, the national park requires reservations for tours up the rustic three-mile, round-trip trail — and that is only from November to April. Guests may take a guided tour, photo walk or full-moon hike to the top.


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