Salado: Lake Roosevelt’s ancient indigenous tribe

I have been driving by  and going to Lake Roosevelt for years now and always noticed the sign that says “cliff dwellings. It was an exciting and awesome archaeological place! See, about 2, 000 years ago, this ancient tribe settled there.. They are called Salado, from the Rio Salado or the salt river. They lived in the Tonto basin to the confluence with the Gila river. Between 1250 C.E to 1450 CE. They were really great with the architecture of the cliff dwellings that overlook what is now Lake Roosevelt. In its day, thousands of puebloans and Mogollans , it was a great trading place and unfortunately a big drought came, the Salado Indians mysteriously disappeared .


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: