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Upper Ruins Trail is a 2.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Roosevelt, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Length 2.4 mi Elevation gain 646 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Views

Wildlife

Closed

Historic site

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It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.

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Courtney Christopherson
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HikingFee

Breathtaking views, fascinating heritage, best time for pollinating visitor viewing and colorful backdrops would be mid-spring. Perfect weather as well! 1.5L of water recommended per person. Baby backpack & stroller friendly, steep inclines with welcome periodic benches to rest, with occasional shaded rocks to rest on. Do know this being a N.M. they expect all visitors to remain on marked trail and be sure your children do not touch artifacts at the top! Quick add on for stroller users, be sure to have at least 1 other adult with you to maneuver thru a few spots along the trail as there are a set of stairs & a mild, narrow creek bottom to cross. Nothing major!! But do keep those tips in mind. Took my crew during their heritage days with plenty of helping, informational park rangers!! Also, be sure to bring a snack, light picnic in the amphitheater before or after & give yourself around 3-5 hours of DAYLIGHT they do close the trail an hour before dark. Plenty of heritage to learn about, watch for critters & look up, too! Birds sometimes fill the hills with their presence.

Julie Bahr
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HikingRocky

We made a reservation in advance to get on this ranger led tour. The trail was steep and rocky but with interpretive stops along the way, it was no problem. The California poppies and other wildflowers were beautiful. The views of the lake were spectacular. The cliff dwelling ruins that were 700 years old were great to see and explore.

Adam Miracle
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Hiking

Amazing hike. Today was Heritage day and all fees were waived. The Mexican Poppies were in full bloom and the cliff dwellings were very cool.

Emilee Davis
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Hiking

We took the guided hike on Jan 31st to the upper cave dwellings. It is very rocky but otherwise not overly difficult. We stopped about 8 times on the way up and heard about the controlled burn, different types of cactus, and the dwelling we were walking to. unfortunately not much is known about the people who lived there but it was a fantastic tour. $10 per person and it only runs November - March

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Kyle P
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Hiking

A very unique trail, that is only available by reservation or on an “open” day. 5 stars for the ruins, views of Roosevelt Lake, and the unique experience. Be Warned: The Park Service will close the trails due to extreme heat, or other weather. Extreme heat is pretty common there, so don’t expect to hit the trail in the afternoon if it’s summer.

Linda Stutler
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Hiking

What an awesome find. We stumbled upon this hike and were lucky enough to make it on Heritage Day so the Upper Cliff Dwellings were open to the public all day. Otherwise the trail is only open Sat/Sun with a reservation because a guide is required. The Park Service is trying to preserve the ruins that are over 700 years old. I was so excited to finally be able to hike among AZ’s beautiful wildflowers that are very short lived but very abundant because of the rain we have had. What an amazing and beautiful hike this was. It is just under 2.5 miles round trip with a 650 ft. Climb. Relatively easy but steep climb with switchbacks.

David Murphy
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Hiking
First to Review

This is a great hike that few people get to experience. The upper dwelling of the Tonto National Monument is only available through the NPS with a ranger-guided tour. These tours are only offered from November through April, are offered only four times per week for groups of up to 15 people. The tour requires advance reservations and often fills up weeks in advance. Our guide was a brilliant and extremely knowledgeable anthropologist who provided a wealth of info about the history and culture of the Salado people. You can walk through this 32-room dwelling and see artifacts that are 700 years old. Great views of Roosevelt Lake and the Mazatzal Mountains are provided with a nearly 360-degree vista. You will love this easy half-day hike if you like beautiful AZ scenery and the study of ancient Indian ruins. 3.5 mile hike. 605 ft elevation gain.

Ray Barnhart
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Nancy Leisy
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Donna P.
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Tiffany Huett
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Paul McCann
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Sharon F.
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Bre G
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Dennis Burns
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