Butcher Jones

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Butcher Jones Rec Site

At Butcher Jones, Mesquite trees provide welcome natural shade to picnic units. Butcher Jones features a pleasant nature trail and a gently sloping beach which makes safe, gradual changes in depths adjacent to picnic area. This popular beach/picnic area is one of the most-visited sites on the Tonto National Forest. This lake is set in the magnificent Sonoran Desert where horses are frequently seen.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: No OHV Access. Alternate OHV Access from Pobrecito.
Operational Hours: Day use only-Open sunrise to sunset. Closure Order and Map
Open Season: Year round
Restrictions: Stay limit 1 day, no trailers, no motorized boats in the swimming area, glass containers are prohibited, pets must be on a leash in the picnic area, no pets on the beach, the picnic and beach area fill rapidly in the early spring and summer months. Spring and summer weekend's brings throngs of valley dwellers to the lake to beat the summer heat, so it’s a good idea to come early in the day.
Closest Towns: Mesa, Saguaro Lake Marina
Water: Not Available
Restroom: Vault toilets (Accessible)
Passes:  A Tonto Daily Pass or Tonto Discovery Pass are required.  Tonto Daily Passes may be purchased at the fee machines located at Pebble Beach, Saguaro Del Norte, Palo Verde, Phon D Sutton, or from a retail vendorAmerica the Beautiful Passes are only accepted at the PICNICKING SITES.
Information Center: Mesa Ranger District (480)-610-3300

General Information


This site is 31 miles northeast of Mesa. From Mesa, take State Hwy. 87 for 27 miles. Turn south (right) on Bush Highway/Forest Road (FR) 204 and travel 2 miles to FR 166, and then turn left. Follow FR 166 for 2 miles to the site.

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1,500 feet