The Tonto National Forest is located in the center of Arizona.
Where is this Forest?


Do Your Part to Prevent Wildfires! Make sure your campfire is cold to the touch, chains are not dragging the ground, and please discard cigarettes inside a vehicle or building.

Welcome to Tonto National Forest

Home Page PhotoThe Tonto National Forest, Arizona, embraces almost 3 million acres of rugged and spectacularly beautiful country, ranging from Saguaro cactus-studded desert to pine-forested mountains beneath the Mogollon Rim. This variety in vegetation and range in altitude (from 1,300 to 7,900 feet) offers outstanding recreational opportunities throughout the year, whether it's lake beaches or cool pine forest.

As the fifth largest forest in the United States, the Tonto National Forest is one of the most-visited “urban” forests in the U.S. (approximately 5.8 million visitors annually). Its boundaries are Phoenix to the south, the Mogollon Rim to the north and the San Carlos and Fort Apache Indian reservations to the east.  Read more about the Tonto National Forest



Tonto National Forest Releases Travel Management Draft Decision

On June 10, Tonto National Forest released draft decision for Travel Management, which designates roads, trails, and areas for motorized use, as well as prohibits general cross-country travel.

Resolution Copper Project and Land Exchange Environmental Impact Statement

Mine Shaft

More information about this project is available online at the Resolution Copper website.

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Information on Bear Safety

Black bear

Practicing bear safety, in particular black bear safety is important when hiking, camping or visiting the Tonto National Forest.

If You Fly, We Can't!

If You Fly We Can

Flying drones within or near wildfires without permission could cause injury or death to firefighters, and hamper their ability to protect lives, property, and natural cultural resources.


Forest Plan Revision

The forest will be releasing an Assessment Report outlining current conditions, trends, and risks to sustainability in the fall of 2015.

Information on Salt River Horses on the Tonto National Forest

Here you will find frequently asked questions about horses on the Tonto National Forest including their identification and gathering.  

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