Due to an increase in inquiries regarding Resolution Copper and Oak Flat, we have a summary page with links to all the information for easier access. View the up-to-date statement and project links.
On 9/18/19, the Arizona Department of Agriculture received the results of a swab taken from a Salt River horse that has tested positive for Strangles.
Final Record of Decision Signed
Tonto National Forest officials signed the Final Record of Decision for the forest’s Travel Management Plan on October 5, 2021.
Here in the Southwestern Region, we feel a particularly close connection to Smokey Bear and his message of fire-prevention. We are the home of the orphaned black bear cub that would become a living symbol. While we celebrate 75 years of Smokey Bear as an integral part of the nation’s popular culture, let’s take a look back at his captivating story!
The vast majority of the Tonto National Forest is available to visitors who want to spend time outdoors. Recreation opportunities on the forest include hiking and biking on trails, dispersed camping and other activities that support social distancing and small groups
Updated: July 23, 2020
On October 23 the court issued an order approving the recently filed stipulation to modify the ongoing court-ordered injunction, allowing select timber management activities to resume. These activities include the cutting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree, personal Christmas tree cutting, the cutting of personal use forest products such as vigas and latillas, special product collection by tribes for ceremonial purposes, and the cutting of certain hazard trees.
We continue to extend our gratitude to our state and federal partners and countless community leaders for their continued support. We are committed to being as open and transparent as possible in notifying interested groups and individuals when we take steps aimed at alleviating the stressors of the recent court-ordered injunction.
On April 22, 2019, select stream corridors on the Payson Ranger District were closed to camping and off-highway vehicle use to protect these areas, including sensitive riparian areas, from resource damage. These areas remain closed to these activities until April 21, 2024.
To protect public health and safety, and the health and safety of our employees and volunteers, and reflecting federal and state guidance to limit the spread of COVID-19, developed recreation sites are currently closed and group sizes are limited in other areas.
A long-term ecological restoration project is underway on the Lower Salt River of the Tonto National Forest’s Mesa Ranger District in the area of the 2017 Cactus Fire.
Alerts & Warnings
- Rattlesnake Cove Recreation Fishing Dock Closure 03-12-01-22-26
- Offices closed Dec. 6, reopening Dec. 7
- Amended - Apache Lake Closure - Lower Burnt Corral Campground remains closed
- Bald Eagle Seasonal Closures
- Occupancy and Use Restrictions
- Update on State Route 88 (Apache Trail) - August 18, 2021
- Redmond Fire Road Closure