This area was once home to the prehistoric Salado people, named in the early 20th century after the life-giving Rio Salado, or Salt River. The Tonto National Monument protects the ruins of two cliff dwellings that are nearly 700 years old. The park also shares artifacts and stories from this region of the Sonoran desert overlooking the Tonto Basin in southeastern Arizona.

Updates on Tonto

  • Blog Post

    How a Spectacular Park Got Its Dumb Name

    Apr 2017 | By Will Moore

    The name of one Arizona park translates into English as “Dumb National Monument.” How did a gorgeous place get such an unfortunate moniker? A long-time volunteer for the monument explains.


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