Recreation

Recreational Opportunities

During winter months, mild weather attracts residents and tourists to beautiful lakes along multi-hued desert canyons. Seeking refuge from the summer heat, visitors flock to the forest's rivers and lakes as well as to alluring trout streams and the cool shade of tall pines in the Mogollon Rim country (the setting for the Zane Grey classic "Under the Tonto Rim").

Recreation Map


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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.