Recreation

Recreational Opportunities

The annual fall color change occurs earlier in the higher elevations of the Payson and Pleasant Valley Ranger districts. Peak color change is generally from mid-October to mid-November and is mostly concentrated along riparian areas such as Tonto Creek and the East Verde River. The leaves change a bit later on the Globe and Cave Creek districts, generally from late October to mid-November. Pinal Peak on the Globe Ranger District and the Seven Springs area on Cave Creek Ranger District are also popular destinations for fall color viewing.

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Permitted Outfitting and Guiding Companies

There are more than 80 companies permitted to provide high quality recreation opportunities on the Tonto National Forest. Most of these companies offer guided tours that provide the safety, knowledge, and experience of qualified guides with quality equipment, while others provide in-demand equipment and basic instruction for visitors to explore the Forest on their own. Activities include hiking, camping, canyoneering, horseback riding, fishing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, motorized watercraft tours, jeep tours, UTV and ATV tours, road biking, and mountain biking.  Each company follows strict operating procedures, safety practices, and Forest Service regulations to protect the environment while working hard to ensure you have the most exciting recreational experience possible on the Tonto National Forest.

Below are the permitted outfitting and guiding companies on the Tonto National Forest. Call today to schedule your next adventure!

You can also check out our many Resorts and Marinas to find additional services such as fresh food, boat repair and storage, and shuttle services.