Recreation

Wildfires have burned more than 224,500 acres this year on the Tonto National Forest. Extreme fire danger due to dry conditions and hot temperatures following a wet winter that produced an abundance of dry brush and grass.  Most recreation areas were closed for most of July 2020.  With the arrival of the monsoon rains, this has been eased and the forest is currently in Stage I Fire Restrictions.   

The Stage 1 Forest Closure limits some activities across the forest.  Campfires and stoves may only be used in designated developed recreation areas, target shooting is prohibited and areas where smoking is allowed are also limited.  Please follow these restrictions as there is still a danger of large fires on the forest.   

Before you recreate on the Tonto National Forest, you are encouraged to make sure your desired destination is open. Review on the Conditions Report below and on the recreation site itself. Please understand that conditions can rapidly changed and priority will always be public safety on the ground over updating a recreation site status on the web page. The Interactive Visitor Map and Recreation.Gov information may be delayed as much as 24 hours.

If you are planning to visit the Tonto National Forest, we ask that you keep the following in mind:

  • Please stay clear of fire operations.
  • Know how to Prevent Wildfire.  
  • Be a good steward of our shared public lands and natural resources.  Please recreate responsibly.
  • Avoid crowded areas and parking illegally. The Tonto National Forest is one of most visited National Forests in the country. Visitors to recreation sites frequently exceed capacity in some areas.
  • Recreation passes are be required.  
  • Provide for their own hygiene and safety when using facilities.
    • There is no restroom cleaning in closed areas due to safety concerns.
    • Restroom cleaning may be limited in other areas; cleaning schedules will be posted at each site. 
    • This will also be the case for picnic tables and other areas that may be touched often by others.
  • Use common courtesy and “Leave No Trace” at recreation sites to avoid creating a public health hazard for employees and other forest users. 
  • Take the precautions recommended by the CDC, such as practicing social distancing and limiting group sizes. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Airplane Flat Dispersed Camping Area Open to Visitor Restroom services will only be available once per week. Please pack it in, pack it out Groups greater than 10 people are not permitted at this time to comply with CDC / state guidelines to enable social distancing and limiting group sizes.
Alder Creek Trail 82 Closed to Visitor This site is currently closed due to the Bush Post Fire Flooding Public Safety Closure
Alder Saddle Trail 81 Open to Visitor
Apache Lake Open to Visitor
Apache Lake Marina & Resort Open to Visitor
Apache Lake Vista Closed to Visitor
Babe Haught Trail 143 Open to Visitor
Bachelor Cove Shoreline Area Closed to Visitor This site is currently closed due to the Bush Post Fire Flooding Public Safety Closure
Ballantine Trail 283 Closed to Visitor This site is currently closed due to the Bush Post Fire Flooding Public Safety Closure
Bartlett Flat Shoreline Area Closed to Visitor This site is currently closed following federal and state guidance to limit the spread of COVID- 19 and to protect public health and safety.
Bear Flat Trail 178 Open to Visitor
Bermuda Flat Shoreline Area Closed to Visitor This site is currently closed due to the Bush Post Fire Flooding Public Safety Closure
Bob Bear (formerly Fossil Springs) Trail-No. 18 Open to Visitor
Brown's Trail 133 Closed to Visitor This site is currently closed due to the Bush Post Fire Flooding Public Safety Closure
Burnt Corral Campground and Day Use Area Open to Visitor Restroom and trash collection services will only be available once per week. Please pack it in, pack it out. Groups greater than 10 people are not permitted at this time to comply with CDC / state guidelines to enable social distancing and limiting group sizes.
Cane Spring Trail 77 Closed to Visitor This site is currently closed due to the Bush Post Fire Flooding Public Safety Closure
Canyon Lake Open to Visitor
Chillicut Trail 132 Closed to Visitor This site is currently closed due to the Bush Post Fire Flooding Public Safety Closure
Cholla Campground Open to Visitor Restroom and trash collection services will only be available once per week. Please pack it in, pack it out. Shower facilities are temporarily closed. Groups greater than 10 people are not permitted at this time to comply with CDC / state guidelines to enable social distancing and limiting group sizes.
Christopher Creek Campground and Group Site Open to Visitor Reservations through Recreation.gov are strongly advised where available. Restrooms will be serviced twice daily using the Covid-19 cleaning procedures and hand sanitizing stations may be available. Only 8 or fewer people will be allowed per single family site, and all group sites will remain closed for the foreseeable future. All contact stations will stay closed at this time; the host will collect fees at self-pay stations and the campsites when necessary.
Colcord Ridge Dispersed Camping Area Open to Visitor Restroom services will only be available once per week. Please pack it in, pack it out Groups greater than 10 people are not permitted at this time to comply with CDC / state guidelines to enable social distancing and limiting group sizes.
Colonel Devin Trail 290 and Railroad Tunnel Trail Open to Visitor
Dan's Trail 550 Open to Visitor
Denton Trail 69 Closed to Visitor This site is currently closed due to the Bush Post Fire Flooding Public Safety Closure
Derrick Spur Trail 32 Open to Visitor
Derrick Trail 33 Open to Visitor
Drew Trail 291 Closed to Visitor
East Verde Picnic Open to Visitor Restroom services will only be available once per week. Please pack it in, pack it out. Groups greater than 10 people are not permitted at this time to comply with CDC / state guidelines to enable social distancing and limiting group sizes. Limited parking available for Gila Trout angling opportunities.
First, Second, Third Crossings and Water Wheel Open to Visitor Restrooms are open and hand sanitizing stations may be provided. Groups greater than 10 people are not permitted at this time to comply with CDC / state guidelines to enable social distancing and limiting group sizes.
Four Peaks Trail 130 Closed to Visitor This site is currently closed due to the Bush Post Fire Flooding Public Safety Closure
Frazier Group Campground Closed to Visitor This site is currently closed following federal and state guidance to limit the spread of COVID- 19 and to protect public health and safety.
Grapevine Bay Open to Visitor
Haigler Canyon Campground and Day Use Open to Visitor
Hell's Gate Trail 37 Open to Visitor
Highline Trail 31 Open to Visitor
Horton Open to Visitor
Horton Spring Trail 292 Open to Visitor
Houston Mesa Campground and Equestrian Sites Open to Visitor Reservations through Rec.gov are strongly advised where available. Restrooms will be serviced twice daily using the Covid-19 cleaning procedures and hand sanitizing stations may be available. Only 8 or fewer people will be allowed per single family site, and all group sites and shower facilities will remain closed for the foreseeable future. All contact stations will stay closed at this time; the host will collect fees at self-pay stations and the campsites when necessary.
Lower Soldier Camp Trail 84 Closed to Visitor This site is currently closed due to the Bush Post Fire Flooding Public Safety Closure
Lower Tonto Creek Campground Open to Visitor Restrooms will be serviced twice daily using the Covid-19 cleaning procedures and hand sanitizing stations may be available. Only 8 or fewer people will be allowed per single family site, and all group sites will remain closed for the foreseeable future. The host will collect fees at self-pay stations.
Myrtle Trail 30 Open to Visitor
Oak Flat Trail 123 Closed to Visitor This site is currently closed due to the Bush Post Fire Flooding Public Safety Closure
Oak Trail 16 Open to Visitor
Park Trail 66 Closed to Visitor This site is currently closed due to the Bush Post Fire Flooding Public Safety Closure
Pigeon Trail 134 Closed to Visitor This site is currently closed due to the Bush Post Fire Flooding Public Safety Closure
Pine Canyon Trail 26 Open to Visitor
Pine Creek Loop Trail 280 Closed to Visitor This site is currently closed due to the Bush Post Fire Flooding Public Safety Closure
Pioneer Pass Camping Area Open to Visitor
Ponderosa Campground and Group Sites Closed to Visitor This site is currently closed following federal and state guidance to limit the spread of COVID- 19 and to protect public health and safety.
Pump Station Trail 296 Open to Visitor
Red Rock Trail 294 Open to Visitor
Riverside Campground Closed to Visitor This site is currently closed following federal and state guidance to limit the spread of COVID- 19 and to protect public health and safety.
Roosevelt Lake Day Use and Camping Areas Open to Visitor
Roosevelt Lake Visitors Center Open to Visitor
Roosevelt Marina Open to Visitor
Saguaro Del Norte Open to Visitor Limited access only at Saguaro Del Norte and Saguaro Lake Marina. Only be accessible via Bush highway; there is no access off State Highway 87. Once boat parking is at capacity, vehicles towing boats will be turned away at the entrance.
Saguaro Lake Open to Visitor Limited Access only at Saguaro Del Norte and Saguaro Lake Marina. Only accessible via Bush Highway. There is no access off of State Highway 87. Once Boat Parking is at capacity, vehicles towing boats will be turned away at the entrance.
Saguaro Lake Marina Open to Visitor Limited Access only at Saguaro Del Norte and Saguaro Lake Marina. Only accessible via Bush Highway. There is no access off of State Highway 87. Once Boat Parking is at capacity, vehicles towing boats will be turned away at the entrance.
Saguaro Lake Ranch Open to Visitor
Schoolhouse Campground Open to Visitor Restroom and trash collection services will only be available once per week. Please pack it in, pack it out. Groups greater than 10 people are not permitted at this time to comply with CDC / state guidelines to enable social distancing and limiting group sizes.
See Canyon Trail 184 & See Spring Trail 185 Open to Visitor
Sharp Creek Campground and Group Sites Open to Visitor Reservations through Recreation.gov. are strongly advised where available. Restrooms will be serviced twice daily using the Covid-19 cleaning procedures and hand sanitizing stations may be available. Only 8 or fewer people will be allowed per single family site, and all group sites will remain closed for the foreseeable future. All contact stations will stay closed at this time; the host will collect fees at self-pay stations and the campsites when necessary.
Sinkhole Trail 179 Open to Visitor
Sycamore Trail 68 Closed to Visitor This site is currently closed due to the Bush Post Fire Flooding Public Safety Closure
Thompson Trail 121 Open to Visitor
Tortilla Campground Closed to Visitor This site is currently closed following federal and state guidance to limit the spread of COVID- 19 and to protect public health and safety.
Tortilla Flat Resort Open to Visitor
Turkey Trail 217 Open to Visitor
Upper Canyon Creek Dispersed Camping Area Open to Visitor Restroom cleaning services will only be available once per week. Please pack it in, pack it out. Groups greater than 10 people are not permitted at this time to comply with CDC/state guidelines to enable social distancing and limiting group sizes.
Upper Tonto Creek Campground Open to Visitor Restrooms will be serviced twice daily using the Covid-19 cleaning procedures and hand sanitizing stations may be available. Only 8 or fewer people will be allowed per single family site, and all group sites will remain closed for the foreseeable future. The host will collect fees at self-pay stations.
Valentine Trail 551 Open to Visitor
Vineyard Trail 131 Closed to Visitor This site is currently closed due to the Bush Post Fire Flooding Public Safety Closure
West Webber Trail 228 Open to Visitor
Windy Hill Boating Site Open to Visitor Roosevelt Lake is open with limited access only at Windy Hill Campground, Camping and boat launch, and Grapevine boat launch is open.
Windy Hill Campground Open to Visitor Restroom and trash collection services will only be available once per week. Please pack it in, pack it out. Shower facilities are temporarily closed. Groups greater than 10 people are not permitted at this time to comply with CDC / state guidelines to enable social distancing and limiting group sizes. Restroom and trash collection services will only be available once per week. Please pack it in, pack it out. Shower facilities are temporarily closed.
Yellow Cliffs Open to Visitor
Areas & Activities


https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/tonto/recreation