Upper Tonto Creek Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Upper Tonto Creek Campground


 The union of Tonto and Horton Creeks is at the north end of the campground. Fishing in both creeks is a popular sport. The trailheads for Horton Creek Trail 285 and Derrick Trail 33 are located in the campground. Both of these trails access the Highline National Recreation Trail (#31). Tonto Fish Hatchery is four miles north of Highway 260 on Forest Road 289. The Arizona Game & Fish Department welcomes visitors and has a self-guided tour of the hatchery.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Restrooms will be serviced twice daily. Please pack it in, pack it out! 
Fees Fees charged by Concessionaire. Concessionaire will accept cash or checks only, no credit or debit. Day-use fees $10 per day; $20 per night for single campsites; $38 per night for double campsites.
Open Season: April - October
Restrictions: Stay limit 14 days. Sites are small in this campground so trailers have to be short or only over camper type mounts. See Current Conditions for full details on current camping restrictions.
Closest Towns: Payson
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault toilets (accessible)
Operated By: Recreation Resource Management 2100 North Houston Mesa Road Payson, AZ 85541 Phone: (928) 468-7135
Information Center: Payson Ranger District (928) 474-7900

General Information


This site is 17 miles northeast of Payson. From Payson, travel 16 miles east on State Hwy. 260. Just east of mile marker 268 at Kohl’s Ranch, turn left (north) on Forest Road (FR) 289. Travel one mile and turn right into the site. View and download a map.

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

9 camp units, picnic tables, campfire rings, cooking grills, trash service

No. of Sites 9
Reservation Info First come, first serve, no reservations
Fire Information Campfire rings available


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5,500 feet