Upper and Lower-Cliff Dwellings

MODERATE 17 reviews
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Upper and Lower-Cliff Dwellings is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Roosevelt, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

0.8 miles
285 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips



wild flowers

no dogs

The Lower Cliff Dwelling an uphill walk on a paved path. Arrive, check in at the visitor center, and start hiking before 4 pm. Hiking to the Lower takes about an hour round trip. Visit Salado ruins

11 days ago

Very nice trail. Paved all the way, great views, and amazing to see how they lived in 1400 AD.

1 month ago

4 months ago

Could only get to the lower cliff dwellings but it was still pretty amazing. The hike up can be strenuous depending on what you are used to. Just be aware in case there are kids or older adults in the group! There will be a fee at the entrance since it's a national monument. If you want to see wildflowers, go in late March/early April.

6 months ago

Wow, incredible to be on this scared land. Interesting part of Indian Culture.

7 months ago

Lower dwelling are good 3 stars but the upper is much better hence the 4 star rating. Biggest issue is getting a spot on the weekend for the hike it is ranger guided only access. Not a difficult hike and a slow pace with the ranger talks which are very informative. Our 4 year old did it without issue so don't let the ranger description scare you off.

7 months ago

Nice hike. it was paved with many benches along the way. I took my little brother. It was very steep but thats excepted as you are going up a cliff lol.

7 months ago

Fun walk! It's a paved walk, not really a hike, and super quick. The dwellings are great and the view is beautiful! This would be great for families and child-outings. Fun to see as a visitor to AZ

9 months ago

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Monday, March 21, 2016

Saturday, February 13, 2016

This was a really cool experience. It cost $5 to get in per person. There is a little museum that is interesting. The trail to the cliffs is easy but so beautiful. Amazing views. Loved seeing the ruins and reading the signs along the trail. The drive was also really beautiful, especially going back to Mesa on highways 188 and 87. I got there going on the 60 east from Gilbert. Make sure the canyon isn't getting dynamited before you go. We got stopped along the way. Luckily there was only an hour left in their schedule. We stopped at a cool park in a little town called Superior that had old mining equipment out and a red caboose with tourist info inside while we waited.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Great history, Visitor center film a must see. Steep walk, but paved. worth the trip.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Right. "Hike" is kind of a secondary aspect of a visit here. There is a hike, either to the lower or upper dwellings. And the lower dwellings are open much more than the upper. But not much of one. However, I recommend it if you are in the area just the same.

Saturday, March 08, 2014

nature trips
Saturday, January 28, 2012

This is not so much a trail as it is a learning experience. Hiking this trail is only permitted in the presence of a ranger and by appointment. The lower dwelling trail is paved, but this one is highly maintained. The flora and fauna are expertly discussed by the ranger during the walk up to the cliff dwelling, which itself is an interesting piece of history from a culture long since departed. If you are looking for an outdoor hiking experience into the wilderness this is not for you. Be prepared for tourists and lots of chatter. A more exclusive type of experience involves early sign up and taking one of the rarely presented moonlight hikes to the Upper Cliff Dwellings.