This Hike Takes You To A Place Arizona’s First Residents Left Behind
If you’ve spent any amount of time in the Southwest, you’ll know this land is rife with history. It can be found everywhere and in places where you least expect it, if you take the time to look. Sometimes, you can explore historic areas—both ancient and fairly recent—through hiking. We’re going to take a look at one ancient cliff dwelling constructed by a group of people who were among the first to call the land now known as Arizona home.
Tonto National Monument is located almost three hours east of Phoenix, via US 60 and Apache Trail. You can find the location on this Google Maps link and details about reserving a space on the hiking tour by visiting the National Park Service website.
Monica is a Diné (Navajo) freelance writer and photographer based in the Southwest. Born in Gallup and raised in Phoenix, she is Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water People) and Tsi'naajinii (Black Streak Wood People). Monica is a staff writer for Only In Your State, photo editor for The Mesa Legend, and previously a staff writer for The Navajo Post. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.