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


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The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland cover nearly 2.9 million acres from north central Colorado to central and northeastern Wyoming. From mountain ranges to grasslands and crystal clear streams, the national forests and national grassland provide abundant and unique opportunities for visitors. Read more about the forest

Recreation Opportunities

Year-round recreation opportunities abound in the Forests and Grassland. These activities include hiking, biking, camping, horse riding, OHV riding, fishing, hunting, sightseeing, photography and a wide array of winter sports, just to name a few. View the Recreation page, and then navigate to the area or activity that you are interested in.

Contact the ranger district office in the area you plan to visit to get the most current information regarding changing conditions.

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Closures & Delayed Openings

Conditions may change quickly. Please call the ranger district office in the area you plan to visit to get the most current information about roads and campgrounds.

View information about road/area closures and delayed openings.

Closures and delayed openings may be in effect for a variety of reasons, but no matter the reason, all closures are ordered to ensure that the public remains safe while visiting National Forest System lands.  The Forest Service works to reopen these temporary closures as soon as possible. Common reasons for closures include hazard tree removal, seasonal snow/mud conditions, wildlife protection, public safety risk due to hazard trees, and resource damage resulting from floods or fires.

Before You Visit

Please review the safe visit and hazard tree guidelines and the mountain pine beetle infestation information below.

Mountain Pine Beetle Infestation

Mountain pine beetle infestations continue to spread on national forests, state forests and private lands in Colorado and Wyoming. Find out more.

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Our Twitter account is used to alert followers of breaking information and when updates are posted to this web site. Follow us @MBRNFsTBNG.

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.


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.

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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.