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


Winter safety reminder – when driving allow extra space between your vehicle and those vehicles in front of you. It takes longer to stop on slick surfaces.

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

Guidelines outline responsible use of recreational drones

The Tonto National Forest mirrors the U.S. Forest Service regarding use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems -- or drones -- on National Forest lands.

Responsible use of recreational drones involves understanding terminology, registration requirements and rules.

More information about the Forest Service’s policy on drones.


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.

Join Footprints Matter to Us and Natural Restorations on Saturday, January 21st

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The area will be closed to target shooting during the clean-up.  We are encouraging target shooters to come out and help clean up the area.  Keep it Clean, Keep it Open.


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.  

Forest Plan Revision

The forest will be releasing an Assessment Report outlining current conditions, trends, and risks to sustainability in the fall of 2015.

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