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


Prescribed fire treatments to continue around the Forest when weather conditions allow

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


Tonto National Forest 2015 Fall Colors

Colorful aspen trees in the fall

Fall Color Viewing on the Forest

Fall colors in Arizona may not rival Vermont and New Hampshire, but there are places around the Tonto where you can get glimpses of yellow, orange and red.

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 August 26, 2015.

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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.


Christmas Tree Permits Available at Payson and Pleasant Valley Ranger Districts

Happy Holidays Christmas Tree

Christmas tree permits are available at Payson and Pleasant Valley Ranger Districts.

Forest Plan Revision

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