Tonto Creek

Area Status: Open

Horton day-use site and Upper Tonto Creek Campgrounds Drinking water, 6 picnic units and vault toilets

At a Glance

Fees: No Fees
Open Season: January
Restrictions: Riparian Area Protections - camping restrictions
Water: Drink water
Restroom: Vault toilets

General Information


Creek Access Point #1: FISH HATCHERY: Travel 17 mi. east of Payson on State Hwy. 260. Just east of Mile Marker 269 (at Kohl's Ranch) turn left (north) on Forest Road (FR) 289. Travel 4 miles to the parking area just outside the entrance to the fish hatchery. FR 289 parallels Tonto Creek most of the way to the hatchery. Park in the lot. Please respect private property along the creek.

Creek Access Point #2: HORTON & UPPER TONTO CREEK RECREATION SITES: Travel 17 miles east of Payson on State Hwy. 260. East of Mile Marker 269, turn north onto Forest Road (FR) 289.

Creek Access Point #3: BEAR FLAT: Travel 14miles east of Payson on State Hwy. 260, just past Mile Marker 266. Turn right on Forest Road (FR) 405 and follow it for 4½ mi. to the creek.

General Notes:
  • Arizona Game and Fish Department stocks sections of Tonto Creek periodically, beginning mid-April until late August.
  • No trash service


River and Stream Fishing

Fish Species:  Rainbow Trout; Brown Trout; Brook Trout

Fish Species Rainbow Trout

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Elevation : 
5,500 feet