Bob and Shirley's Great Adventure 2011-12 travel blog

Tonto National Monument

View of the valley from Lower Cliff Dewlling (LCD)

Check out the size of this saguaro!

Lower Cliff Dwelling

View of camper from LCD

LCD remains

LCD remains with 700 year old wood roofing supports

LCD remains

LCD remains

Docent at LCD remains

Three saguaros on the descent to parking lot

Twin Chollas with view of Roosevelt Lake

Snow on the way to Show Low

The Boys enjoying the snow

Our campsite in Fool Hallow Lake SP

View out of camper door

At last...a campfire!

Fantastic day yesterday. We left our free campground and drove 5 miles back to the Roosevelt Dam Visitors Center. Then continued a few more miles east to the Tonto National Monument. Around A.D. 1250, some Tonto Basin people began building "pueblo" style homes in natural cliff caves high above the Salt River. We missed the ranger led tour of the Upper Cliff Dwelling but we did climb and climb and climb to the Lower Cliff Dwelling. The lower is the well preserved remains of a 700 year old village. It was very impressive and there was a docent there to describe everything. From there we drove along Lake Roosevelt’s shore on our way North. Are we crazy people? As we climbed and climbed the mountains we started to see some hints of snow. The further we ascended, more snow was evident. We pulled into our camp in Show Low, Arizona. The park ranger was happy to see us since not many folks are camping this time of year this far north. We took a non-hook up site for $17. It was going down to the teens overnight and the water in the hose from the outside faucet would have frozen. I built a small campfire and set up the grill for burgers and dogs and what to my wondering eyes should appear but a full bottle of propane for our grill. Our buddy Don will love this. If I deduct the $2.56 from our campsite our final cost was $14.44 and there is no tax in AZ State Parks. My father also appreciates my cheapness. Anyway we survived the night very well with the camper working superbly. We are loving being back on the road again doing interesting things. Enjoy the pics.

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