Tonto National Monument, Roosevelt, AZ

The West's untapped treasures
Nora Burba Trulsson

Nestled in a desert valley above Roosevelt Lake in central Arizona, the 1,120-acre monument features cliff dwellings that were once home to the Salado people. Visitors can walk through two masonry pueblos, both built between 1250 and 1450. A 1/2-mile trail leads uphill to the 20-room Lower Cliff Dwelling; the 40-room Upper Cliff Dwelling, open only via guided tours, is 1 1/2 miles up another trail.

WHERE: From Phoenix, take State 87 northeast about 80 miles to State 188, where you turn southeast and go 35 miles to State 88. Turn east and drive 4 miles to the park.

WHEN: 8-5 daily. Expect hot weather into September.

COST: $3 per person.

SERVICES: Visitor center has exhibits, bookstore, and audiovisual program; picnic area is 1/2 mile away. Camping available at nearby Roosevelt Lake (520/467-2236); motels and B&Bs available 30 miles away in Globe (800/804-5623 or www.globemiamichamber.com).

ACTIVITIES: You can go on a guided walk to Lower Cliff Dwelling. Upper Cliff Dwelling tours are by reservation. Call ahead for schedules.

CONTACT: (520) 467-2241 or www.nps.gov/tont.