The 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
Punxsutawney Phil may have declared six more weeks of winter, but don’t tell that to Arizona. The warm weather is waking up snakes and other heat seeking creatures. Watch your step and be careful where you place your hand or you may get an unpleasant surprise. Be prepared for your adventure by wearing a hat, sunscreen, and bringing extra water as you explore the beautiful Tonto National Forest.