Fun Places to Visit in The Grand City of Globe

Globe is a city surrounded by the beautiful landscape of the Tonto Forest Region. Despite being founded as a mining camp, the city is abundant in culture, history and natural sites that attract tourists year-round.

Tonto National Monument/ Pinal Mountain Campsites

The Tonto National Monument is a national monument that houses two well-preserved cliff dwellings occupied by the Salado culture during the 13th to early 15th century. Surrounded by the Tonto National Forest, the settlement was built upon a steep hillside in well-protected natural caves. Artifacts excavated at the ruins are on display in the visitor center museum. The Pinal Campsite is a campground with 16 camp units and 8 trails surrounded by spectacular views of ponderosa pines and white fir. The area is an excellent location for hikers seeking breathtaking views of the valley and mountains.

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"I'm melting like a snow cone in Phoenix." – Euphegenia Doubtfire⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Yeah. It’s hot this time of year in Arizona. Perhaps cool off at a cliff dwelling? Tonto National Monument is located in the Upper Sonoran ecosystem, known primarily for its characteristic saguaro cactus. Other common plants include: cholla, prickly pear, hedgehog, and barrel cactus (blooming April through June); yucca, sotol, and agave; creosote bush and ocotillo; palo verde and mesquite trees; an amazing variety of colorful wild flowers. ⁣ ⁣ The Salado Phenomena, 700 years ago, blended ideas of neighboring Native American cultures to emerge a unique and vibrant society in the region. Today, Tonto National Monument showcases two Salado-style cliff dwellings. Colorful pottery, woven cotton cloth, and other artifacts tell a story of people living and using resources from the northern Sonoran Desert from 1250 to 1450 CE. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Image: Setting sun on the Sierra Ancha with a saguaro cactus. NPS/ S Maier⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #findyourpark #NationalParkService #cactus #arizona #tontonationalmonument #summer #thatshot

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Roosevelt Lake and Marina

Named after President, Theodore Roosevelt, the marina is home to migratory waterfowl and raptors during fall and winter. This man-made lake is the largest lake within the state of Arizona and features an RV Park (full hookups), store, restaurant and bar, ski boat and pontoon boat rental service and fuel dock. They have both covered and uncovered dry storage options, wet slip boat storage and executive boat services on site. Camping and fishing are the most common recreational activities on the lake.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is the best and most comprehensive park teaching visitors an appreciation of plants through educational, recreational, research and conservation opportunities.  They focus on the world’s dry land plants. The park also hosts exhibits in the cactus garden, palm and eucalyptus groves, an Australian exhibit, South American exhibit, aloe garden and an herb garden. Aside from the plants found in the park, Sonoran Desert wildlife and migrating birds can also be seen. Named as an important bird watching area as about 270 bird species have been spotted in the park. Tourists can visit the park’s visitor center, gift shop, research offices, greenhouses, a demonstration garden and picnic area. A primary trail leads visitors around the exhibits and natural areas.

San Carlos Apache Reservation

Located in eastern Arizona, the reservation is federally recognized and home to about 10,000 Apache. The family-friendly tribe provides entertainment for everyone from gambling and golf to fishing and hiking. Large deposits of peridot are found and collected in the area and stones are crafted by local artisans and jewelers. Like the abundant resources, the reservation also boasts a rich cultural heritage preserved within the tribe. A culture center found in the reservation houses stories and the history of the Apache people.

The warm climate, rich history and spectacular scenery make Globe an increasingly popular place to relax and experience outdoor life.