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


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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

Resolution Copper Project and Land Exchange Environmental Impact Statement

On March 18, 2016, the Tonto National Forest issued a Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS for the Resolution Copper Project and Land Exchange. Two separate but related components will be analyzed in the EIS, as well as any necessary amendments to the Tonto National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan:

  1. Approval of a plan of operations submitted to the Tonto National Forest in November 2013.
  2. Exchange of 2,422 acres of public land (known as the Oak Flat parcel) with Resolution Copper Mining, LLC (Resolution Copper), in return for 5,344 acres elsewhere in Arizona.

More information about this project is available online at the Resolution Copper website.


Recent News


Tonto National Forest Authorizes Resolution Copper to Begin Collecting Data

On August 22, 2016, Forest Supervisor Neil Bosworth signed the Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact allowing Resolution Copper to begin collecting data for a proposed tailings storage facility.

Tonto National Forest Releases Travel Management Draft Decision

On June 10, Tonto National Forest released draft decision for Travel Management, which designates roads, trails, and areas for motorized use, as well as prohibits general cross-country travel.

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Information on Bear Safety

Black bear

Practicing bear safety, in particular black bear safety is important when hiking, camping or visiting the Tonto National Forest.

Volunteers Come Out to Clean up the Tonto National Forest

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Join our wonderful volunteers who are organizing several cleanup events in the near future: November 5th and January 21st.

New opportunities just added! Mark your calendars.


Christmas Tree Permits Sold Out On Tonto National Forest

Happy Holidays Christmas Tree

The Tonto National Forest has sold out of Christmas Tree Permits.  Because all 2,000 permits have been sold, the Payson Ranger District Office will not be open on Sat, Dec 10, 2016.

Information on Salt River Horses on the Tonto National Forest

Here you will find frequently asked questions about horses on the Tonto National Forest including their identification and gathering.  

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