A Visit to the Tonto Cliff Dwellings in Arizona

Last week my sons and I visited the Tonto National Monument in Arizona.  It is an amazing area marked by giant Saguaro cactus and a commanding view of Roosevelt Lake.  The cliff dwellings themselves are nearly 700 years old and provide a glimpse into the lives of the Salado people.

Lower Tonto Cliff Dwellings

Lower Tonto Cliff Dwellings

Artifacts left by the Salado people are the only clues remaining on how these amazing people lived in the harsh dry climate.
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Stone grinding tools

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A panoramic view from the lower Tonto cliff dwellings.

Six image stitched panorama; Canon 5D II

Six image stitched panorama; Canon 5D Mark II

The giant Saguaro Cactus is unique to this region of Arizona.  These massive cactus are slow-growing and typically only add one-inch of growth per year in this dry and harsh climate. The characteristic arms of the cactus do not bud until approximately seventy-five years.  Large Saguaro cactus may be two hundred years old or more!

The characteristic arms of the Saguaro may take on many shapes and forms.

The characteristic arms of the Saguaro may take on many shapes and forms.

Special thanks to my best friends, Don and Sandy Libby of Iron Creek Photography, who made this special trip for me, Kenny, and Nicholas possible.   The boys had a great time and even learned a few tricks from Don.

Finger-tricks from the master.

Finger-tricks from the master.

Most images were created with a Canon G-9 and the new Canon 5D Mark II, provided by Capture Integration.   My landscape work can be viewed at www.houseoflandscapes.com  My portrait, wedding, event, and commercial work can be viewed at www.kendoophotography.com

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One Response to “A Visit to the Tonto Cliff Dwellings in Arizona”

  1. Just passing by.Btw, your websites have great content!

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