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


The Tonto is proposing changes to its recreation fee program. Comments on this proposal will be accepted through October 24th. Visit the Sustainable Recreation section for more 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


Tonto National Forest Recreation Fee Proposal

The Tonto National Forest wants your input by October 24, 2014.  The Tonto National Forest is proposing to modify its existing recreation fee structure to continue to maintain and operate its developed recreation sites.

Visit the Sustainable Recreation section of the website for more information.

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

View More Features


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.

Forest Plan Revision

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


Public Notice: Legends of Superior Trail Proposed Realignment

This notice identifies the affected segment of the trail, describes the proposed realignment, and solicits input from the public.

Fall Colors

Fall Colors in Region 3

Do you have a great fall experience and photo you'd like to share?

Visit the Region 3 website for information and images of fall from all of the forests.