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


Prescribed fire treatments to continue around Payson 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

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Interested in acquiring an Outfitter Guide Permit on the Tonto National Forest?

The Forest is currently accepting applications for Outfitter-Guide services on the Tonto National Forest.  Opportunities exist across the Forest for many types of guiding services; however, competition is expected to be fierce.  Submit your proposal before April 3, 2015.  Visit Outfitter Guide Prospectus for details.

Watch Your Step

Snake who made it way into the office

Punxsutawney Phil may have declared six more weeks of winter, but don’t tell that to Arizona.  The warm weather is waking up snakes and other heat seeking creatures.  Watch your step and be careful where you place your hand or you may get an unpleasant surprise.  Be prepared for your adventure by wearing a hat, sunscreen, and bringing extra water as you explore the beautiful Tonto National Forest.

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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 accepting data, studies, plans, reports, and local knowledge for inclusion into the Forest Plan Assessment Report through the end of January 2015.