Tonto National Monument Climate

Mild winters: lows in the 30s, highs in the 60s; hot summers, lows in the 70s, highs in the 110s. Rainy seasons January/ February and July through September. Average annual precipitation: 15 inches. Average days of sunshine: over 300. Average humidity during dry seasons: 5-15%. Average humidity during rainy seasons: 30-50% (except when actually raining!)

The sun can be intense in summer months. Water, hats, and sunscreen are recommended. Sturdy shoes or hiking boots are recommended for the Upper Cliff Dwelling Trail. Sneakers or other good walking shoes are recommended for the Lower Cliff Dwelling Trail.

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