Recreation


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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 may 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
Acacia Open
Airplane Flat Campground Open Restrooms will be serviced once a week. Please pack it in, pack it out! 
Alder Creek Trail 82 Open
Alder Saddle Trail 81 Open
Apache Lake Open Please review 03-12-06-22-18 Apache Lake Campground Area and Road Closures
Apache Lake Marina & Resort Open
Apache Lake Vista Open
Babe Haught Trail 143 Open
Bachelor Cove Shoreline Area Closed
Bagley Flat Campground and Boat Dock Open Boat access only.
Ballantine Trail 283 Open
Bartlett Flat Shoreline Area Open Shoreline area is limited when the water level exceeds 80%.  Please check SRP Watershed for lake levels.
Bear Flat Trail 178 Open
Bermuda Flat Shoreline Area Open Upcoming phased closure for pavement preservation work.
  • Bermuda Flat Parking Slurry: 5/24 to 5/26
  • Bermuda Flat Parking Striping: 5/27 to 5/29
Blue Point Open
Bob Bear (formerly Fossil Springs) Trail-No. 18 Closed Closed due to Backbone Fire 
Boulder Open
Box Bar Shoreline Area and River Access Point Open
Brown's Trail 133 Open
Burnt Corral Campground and Day Use Area Open
Butcher Jones Open No OHV Access. Alternate OHV Access from Pobrecito.
Cane Spring Trail 77 Open
Canyon Lake Open
Canyon Lake Marina Open
Cave Creek Group Campground Open
Chillicut Trail 132 Open
Cholla Bay Day Shoreline Area Open Upcoming phased closure for pavement preservation work. Review tentative schedule and map. Dates are subject to change.
Cholla Campground Open Upcoming phased closure for pavement preservation work. 
  • Cholla Parking Slurry: 5/9 to 5/15
  • Cholla Campsites: 5/13 to 5/21
  • Cholla Parking Striping: 5/23 to 5/27
  • Cholla Boat Parking Striping: 5/26
Christopher Creek Campground and Group Site Open Restrooms will be serviced twice daily. Please pack it in, pack it out! 
Civilian Conservation Corps Campground Open Developed Camping Area
Colcord Ridge Campground Open Restrooms will be serviced once a week. Please pack it in, pack it out! 
Colonel Devin Trail 290 and Railroad Tunnel Trail Open
Coon Bluff Open
Cottonwood Cove Picnic Area Open
Dan's Trail 550 Open
Denton Trail 69 Open
Derrick Spur Trail 32 Open
Derrick Trail 33 Open
Desert Vista OHV Area Open OHV Staging Area
Drew Trail 291 Open
East Verde Picnic Open Restrooms will be serviced once a week. Please pack it in, pack it out! 
First, Second, Third Crossings and Water Wheel Open Restrooms will be serviced daily. Please pack it in, pack it out! 
Flowing Spring Open
Four Peaks Trail 130 Open
Frazier Group Campground Open
Frazier Horse Camp Open
Goldfield Open
Granite Reef Open
Grapevine Bay Closed Closed for pavement preservation work. Review schedule and closure order.
Grapevine Group Campground Closed Grapevine Campground and associated loops and parking areas are closed for pavement preservation work. Review tentative schedule and closure order. Dates are subject to change.
Haigler Canyon Campground and Day Use Open
Hell's Gate Trail 37 Open
Highline Trail 31 Open
Horseshoe Campground Open Developed Camping Area
Horton Open
Horton Spring Trail 292 Open Overnight camping is not allowed near area or trails in Closure 03-12-04-22-05. Restrooms will be serviced twice daily. Please pack it in, pack it out!
Houston Mesa Campground and Equestrian Sites Open
Icehouse CCC Closed This area is currently closed due to the Telegraph Fire Closure.
Jojoba Day Use and Boat Launch Open Day Use Area and Boat Launch. 
Jojoba Trail 511 Open Hiking Trail between Jojoba Day Use & Boat Launch Area and Rattlesnake Cove Day Use Area.
Jones Water Primitive Campground Open
Kellner Group Site Open
Laguna Open
Lower Burnt Corral Shoreline Area Closed Closed due to monsoon flood damage.
Lower Soldier Camp Trail 84 Open
Lower Tonto Creek Campground Open Restrooms will be serviced twice daily. Please pack it in, pack it out! 
Mesquite Campground Open Developed Campground
Myrtle Trail 30 Open
Needle Rock Picnic Area and Non-Motorized Beach Open
Oak Flat Campground Open
Oak Flat Trail 123 Open
Oak Trail 16 Open
Palo Verde Open
Palo Verde Trail 512 Open
Park Trail 66 Open
Pebble Beach Open
Phon D Sutton Open
Picket Post Trailhead Open
Pigeon Trail 134 Open
Pinal & Upper Pinal Campgrounds Open
Pine Canyon Trail 26 Open
Pine Creek Loop Trail 280 Open
Pioneer Pass Camping Area Closed This area is currently closed due to the Telegraph Fire Closure.
Ponderosa Campground and Group Sites Open Restrooms will be serviced twice daily. Please pack it in, pack it out! 
Pump Station Trail 296 Open
Rattlesnake Cove Non-Motorized Boat Launch Open
Red Rock Trail 294 Open
Riverside Campground Open Developed Camping Area
Roosevelt Lake Day Use and Camping Areas Open
Roosevelt Lake Visitors Center Open
Roosevelt Marina Open
SB Cove Shoreline Area Open Shoreline Camping area.  Shoreline area is limited when the water level exceeds 80%.  Please check SRP Watershed for lake levels.
Saguaro Del Norte Open
Saguaro Lake Open Once Boat Parking is at capacity, vehicles towing boats will be turned away at the entrance.
Saguaro Lake Marina Open
Saguaro Lake Ranch Open
Salt River Canyon Wilderness Permit Open
Schoolhouse Campground Open 31MAY22 - Water and vault toilets are currently unavailable at Schoolhouse.  Port-a-potties are accessible on-site in the meantime. 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
Sharp Creek Campground and Group Sites Open Restrooms will be serviced twice daily. Please pack it in, pack it out! 
Sheeps Crossing Open
Sinkhole Trail 179 Open
Sulphide Del Rey Campground Open
Sycamore Trail 68 Open
The Point Boat Dock, Campground and Picnic Area Open Boat access only.
Thompson Trail 121 Open
Three Mile Wash Shoreline Area Closed
Timber Camp Recreation Area and Group Campgrounds Open
Tortilla Campground Closed
Tortilla Flat Resort Open
Turkey Trail 217 Open
Upper Burnt Corral Shoreline Area Closed 03-12-06-22-18 Apache Lake Campground Area and Road Closures
Upper Canyon Creek Campground Open Restrooms will be serviced once a week. Please pack it in, pack it out! 
Upper Tonto Creek Campground Open Restrooms will be serviced twice daily. Please pack it in, pack it out! 
Valentine Trail 551 Open
Vineyard Canyon Picnic Area Open The bathrooms are closed.
Vineyard Trail 131 Open
Water Users Open
West Webber Trail 228 Open
Windy Hill Boating Site Open
Windy Hill Campground Open
Yellow Cliffs Open

Recreation Areas