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The 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

Winter Weather Closures

The Tonto National Forest has received varying amounts of rain and snow, causing Forest officials to temporarily close additional roads, recreation areas, and offices.  Expect the closures to remain in effect until weather conditions improve.  Additional closures are possible.  Forest roads are temporarily closed to the public for public and employee safety, as well as reducing resource damage.

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