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Tonto Basin Salado Sites

February 24 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm MST

Join AAHS for a tour of two archaeological sites in the Tonto Basin with Dr. Chris Loendorf. The tour will begin at 10:00 am at Tonto National Monument and proceed onto Cline Terrace, a large unique Salado compound site north of Roosevelt Lake.

Tonto National Monument – The Lower Cliff Dwelling visit requires a steep 1-mile round-trip uphill paved walk (350-foot elevation gain in ½ mile). The path is well maintained by the National Park Service. There is a $10 entrance fee per person unless the visitor already has an interagency/America the Beautiful Pass; these passes are good for the pass holder and three guests.

Cline Terrace – The visit to Cline Terrace will require walking over uneven or mounded ground surfaces and will also require crossing Tonto Creek by vehicle. Tonto Creek crossings are usually completely dry, but if weather conditions mean there is significant water in the creek, the visit to this site may be cancelled for safety reasons. Please evaluate these hiking considerations and your comfort with driving across Tonto Creek before signing up for this tour. Carpooling may be available before the crossing.

Dr. Chris Loendorf is the senior project manager for the Gila River Indian Community’s Cultural Resource Management Program. He has directed large-scale excavations at Salado, Hohokam, and O’Odham sites for over three decades and participated in excavations in the Tonto Basin in the 1990s. Dr. Loendorf is also a leading lithic analyst.

This field trip is open to AAHS Members only and is limited to 20 participants, so register now! 

To register or inquire about more information, email AAHS at: AAHS1916@gmail.com.


February 24
10:00 am - 5:00 pm MST
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Alycia Hayes