Tonto National Forest - Welcome!

Visit Tonto National Forest

The Tonto NF features some of the most rugged and inherently beautiful land in the country. With nearly 600,000 acres of wilderness, there's a place for you to escape the rigors of modern society.

Explore Special Places

The Tonto National Forest offers unique landscapes including Sonoran Desert cacti and flat lands that slowly give way to the highlands of 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 forests.

Fire Information

  • Emergency Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Entire Forest

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    The Tonto National Forest is now in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions which puts prohibitions on fires, campfires, smoking and discharging firearms. In addition, it is always illegal to use fireworks on National Forest land.

  • Confronting the Wildfire Crisis

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    The Tonto National Forest is working to implement the USDA Forest Service's Wildfire Crisis Strategy, a 10-year plan to address the places where wildfire poses the most immediate threats to communities.

Plan Your Trip

  • Recreation

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    Unforgettable experiences are waiting! Eight lush wilderness areas, scenic flowing rivers, the Mogollon Rim's 200-miles of beauty and some of the best trails in the country.

  • Camping

    The Tonto has you covered whether you prefer open-air, tent, camper, group, RV, horse, dispersed or campground camping. Stargazing is an added bonus.

  • Find Your Way

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    Interactive, downloadable and print maps of National Forests and National Grasslands in Arizona and New Mexico.

  • Passes and Permits

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    Whether you need a local Tonto Pass, national pass, special use permit to hold a wedding or event on the Forest, or simply need a fuelwood permit, we can assist you!

  • Smokey Bear Reading Challenge

    Smokey Bear graphic with the number 80 to celebrate his 80th birthday

    Help celebrate Smokey Bear's 80th Birthday.

Discover More about the Tonto National Forest

The Tonto National Forest manages important habitats for a variety of wildlife, fish and rare plants.

  • Follow Tonto National Forest on Instagram

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    The Tonto National Forest is now on Instagram. Check us out! 


New Helibase on the Payson Ranger District

Helitack Lead Superintendent Anthony “Cheeto” Ramirez, sits in the N6HE helicopter

Forest Service officials say the $4.9 million facility will play a major role in suppressing wildfires in Arizona and supporting the agency’s wildfire crisis strategy for reducing wildfire risk to communities and improving resilience of Arizona’s forests.

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Resolution Copper Timeline

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.

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