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


The Tonto National Forest is taking advantage of favorable conditions to accelerate forest restoration through the use of prescribed fire. Visit the News Release or Alerts Section for additional information.

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


Horses on the Tonto NF- Update from Forest Supervisor Neil Bosworth

Phoenix (June 11, 2012) -- There is apparently misinformation circulating on the internet and in the media that there is to be a “roundup” and “slaughter” of horses on the Tonto National Forest.  We have been contacted by many people to express their concerns and would like to reassure them:

Click here to read the letter from the Forest Supervisor, Neil Bosworth

Death Traps For Birds

Thousands of skulls were found in seven feet of detritus in a 22’ irrigation pipeline that had falle

Death Pipes are everywhere. Any open top vertical pipe is a death trap to birds and other wildlife.

This is an invisible problem. Unlike birds colliding with buildings, windows or other structures where they remain visible and obvious to people, birds, trapped in pipes end up dying a slow death completely unnoticed in sewer systems, septic tanks and other hidden locations.

This is a widespread problem that kills millions of birds and one that individuals can work to solve with little cost and effort.


Christmas Tree Permits Still Available

Interesting in an outing to cut your own Christmas tree?  Permits will be available for sale until Wednesday, December 24, 2014. 

Mount Ord lookout cabin renovated

A team of volunteers from the Boeing Company recently hammered the final nail home in a volunteer project to renovate and remodel a cabin on the top of the 7,000-foot Mount Ord.


Seasonal Hiring

Firefighter watching the Wallow Fire as it burns in 2012

Are you interested in working for the Forest Service this summer?  Visit the Southwest Region Centralized Hiring Page for detailed information on when and how to apply.

Forest Plan Revision

Meeting materials (notes, presentations, and videos) from Forest Plan Revision Community Forums (May – July 2014) posted to project website.