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


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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


Recent News


Update on Unauthorized Horse Identification and Gather on the Tonto NF

Here you will find frequently asked questions about horses on the Tonto National Forest including their identification and gathering.  Last Update December 11, 2015

Resolution Copper Project and Land Exchange Environmental Impact Statement

Mine Shaft

The Forest is currently accepting public comments on the Resolution Copper Project and Land Exchange EIS.  Comments will be accepted until July 18, 2016.  Additional information about the project is available at

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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.

Help Protect Bald Eagles by Giving them Space

Bald Eagle

Help protect the state’s 55 breeding pair of bald eagles, by giving them space as they begin rebuilding nests in preparation for laying eggs.


Forest Plan Revision

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