Lower Tonto Creek Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed
 

Lower Tonto Creek Campground

 

The union of Tonto and Horton Creeks is at the north end of the Upper Tonto Creek campground. Fishing in both creeks is a popular sport. The trailheads for Horton Creek Trail 285 and Derrick Trail 33 are located in the Upper Tonto Creek 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

Fees Fees charged by Concessionaire. Concessionaire will accept cash or checks only, no credit or debit. $16 per night per single camp unit or $30 for double camp unit, $8 second vehicle, day-use fees $8 per day
Open Season: April - October
Restrictions: Stay limit 14 days.  Sites are small, so trailers have to be short or only over camper type mounts.
Closest Towns: Payson
Water: Drinking water is available at Upper Tonto Creek Campground
Restroom: Vault toilets accessible
Passes: An annual pass for Payson Ranger District day-use areas can be purchased for $45 at the Houston Mesa Campground.
Operated By: Recreation Resource Management 2100 N Houston Mesa Road Payson, AZ 85541 Phone: (928) 468-7135
Information Center: Payson Ranger District (928) 474-7900

General Information

Directions:

This site is 15 miles northeast of Payson. From Payson, travel 15 miles east on State Hwy. 260. Just east of mile marker 269 at Kohl’s Ranch, turn left (north) on Forest Road (FR) 289.


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Location

 
  Latitude : 
33.33

  Longitude : 
-111.09

  Elevation : 
5,600 feet

 



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