Recreation

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 Campground Open to Visitor Restrooms will be serviced once a week. Please pack it in, pack it out! 
Alder Creek Trail 82 Open to Visitor
Alder Saddle Trail 81 Open to Visitor
Apache Lake Open to Visitor
Apache Lake Marina & Resort Open to Visitor
Apache Lake Vista Open to Visitor
Babe Haught Trail 143 Open to Visitor
Bachelor Cove Shoreline Area Closed to Visitor
Ballantine Trail 283 Open to Visitor
Bartlett Flat Shoreline Area Open to Visitor
Bear Flat Trail 178 Open to Visitor
Bermuda Flat Shoreline Area Open to Visitor
Bob Bear (formerly Fossil Springs) Trail-No. 18 Open to Visitor
Brown's Trail 133 Open to Visitor
Burnt Corral Campground and Day Use Area Open to Visitor Restroom cleaning and trash collection services will only be provided once per week. Please pack it in, pack it out. 
Cane Spring Trail 77 Open to Visitor
Canyon Lake Open to Visitor
Chillicut Trail 132 Open to Visitor
Cholla Campground Open to Visitor Restroom cleaning and trash collection services will only be provided once per week. Please pack it in, pack it out. Shower facilities are temporarily closed. 
Christopher Creek Campground and Group Site Open to Visitor Restrooms will be serviced twice daily. Please pack it in, pack it out! 
Colcord Ridge Campground Open to Visitor Restrooms will be serviced once a week. Please pack it in, pack it out! 
Colonel Devin Trail 290 and Railroad Tunnel Trail Open to Visitor
Dan's Trail 550 Open to Visitor
Denton Trail 69 Open to Visitor
Derrick Spur Trail 32 Open to Visitor
Derrick Trail 33 Open to Visitor
Drew Trail 291 Open to Visitor
East Verde Picnic Open to Visitor Restrooms will be serviced once a week. Please pack it in, pack it out! 
First, Second, Third Crossings and Water Wheel Open to Visitor Restrooms will be serviced daily. Please pack it in, pack it out! 
Four Peaks Trail 130 Open to Visitor
Frazier Group Campground Open to Visitor
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 Restrooms will be serviced twice daily. Please pack it in, pack it out!
Houston Mesa Campground and Equestrian Sites Open to Visitor Restrooms will be serviced twice daily. Please pack it in, pack it out!
Icehouse CCC Closed to Visitor This area is currently closed due to the Telegraph Fire Closure.
Kellner Group Site Closed to Visitor This area is currently closed due to the Telegraph Fire Closure.
Lower Soldier Camp Trail 84 Open to Visitor
Lower Tonto Creek Campground Open to Visitor Restrooms will be serviced twice daily. Please pack it in, pack it out! 
Myrtle Trail 30 Open to Visitor
Oak Flat Campground Closed to Visitor This area is currently closed due to the Telegraph Fire Closure.
Oak Flat Trail 123 Open to Visitor
Oak Trail 16 Open to Visitor
Park Trail 66 Open to Visitor
Picket Post Trailhead Closed to Visitor This area is currently closed due to the Telegraph Fire Closure.
Pigeon Trail 134 Open to Visitor
Pinal & Upper Pinal Campgrounds Closed to Visitor This area is currently closed due to the Telegraph Fire Closure.
Pine Canyon Trail 26 Open to Visitor
Pine Creek Loop Trail 280 Open to Visitor
Pioneer Pass Camping Area Closed to Visitor This area is currently closed due to the Telegraph Fire Closure.
Ponderosa Campground and Group Sites Open to Visitor Restrooms will be serviced twice daily. Please pack it in, pack it out! 
Pump Station Trail 296 Open to Visitor
Red Rock Trail 294 Open to Visitor
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 Once boat parking is at capacity, vehicles towing boats will be turned away at the entrance.
Saguaro Lake Open to Visitor Once Boat Parking is at capacity, vehicles towing boats will be turned away at the entrance.
Saguaro Lake Marina Open to Visitor
Saguaro Lake Ranch Open to Visitor
Schoolhouse Campground Open to Visitor Restroom cleaning and trash collection services will only be provided once per week. Please pack it in, pack it out. 
See Canyon Trail 184 & See Spring Trail 185 Open to Visitor
Sharp Creek Campground and Group Sites Open to Visitor Restrooms will be serviced twice daily. Please pack it in, pack it out! 
Sinkhole Trail 179 Open to Visitor
Sulphide Del Rey Campground Closed to Visitor This area is currently closed due to the Telegraph Fire Closure.
Sycamore Trail 68 Open to Visitor
Thompson Trail 121 Open to Visitor
Tortilla Campground Open to Visitor
Tortilla Flat Resort Open to Visitor
Turkey Trail 217 Open to Visitor
Upper Canyon Creek Campground Open to Visitor Restrooms will be serviced once a week. Please pack it in, pack it out! 
Upper Tonto Creek Campground Open to Visitor Restrooms will be serviced twice daily. Please pack it in, pack it out! 
Valentine Trail 551 Open to Visitor
Vineyard Trail 131 Open to Visitor
West Webber Trail 228 Open to Visitor
Windy Hill Boating Site Open to Visitor
Windy Hill Campground Open to Visitor Restroom cleaning and trash collection services will only be provided 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