Recreation


Salt River Canyon at the Tonto NF, AZ(Courtesy photo by Shelby Epp) USDA, FS Flickr

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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 on this page and the individual recreation site page. Please understand that conditions can rapidly change 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, please review the following:

  • Stay clear of fire operations.
  • Know how to prevent wildfires.  
  • 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 your 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

Current Recreation Conditions

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Acacia Day Use Area Open Open
Airplane Flat Campground Open Open Restrooms will be serviced once a week. Please pack it in, pack it out! 
Apache Lake Open Open
Apache Lake Marina & Resort Open Open
Apache Lake Vista Open Open
Bachelor Cove Shoreline Area Closed Closed
Bagley Flat Campground and Boat Dock Open Open Boat access only.
Ballantine Trail 283 Open Open
Bartlett Flat Shoreline Area Open Open Please check SRP Watershed for lake levels.
Bartlett Marina Open Open PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY: Harmful algae bloom in Bartlett Reservoir Lake
Bartlett Reservoir Open Open PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY: Harmful algae bloom in Bartlett Reservoir Lake
Bermuda Flat Shoreline Area Open Open
Blue Point Day Use Area Open Open Closure order is to protect public health and safety due to unsafe conditions posed by flash flooding and increased water levels. The closure order is in effect from March 28, 2023, at 6:00am through April 19, 2023, at 8:00am, unless rescinded.
Boulder Day Use Area Open Open
Box Bar Shoreline Area and River Access Point Open Open
Bronco Trailhead Open Open
Brown's Trail 133 Open Open 21JUL22 - Trail is in good condition.
Burnt Corral Campground and Day Use Area Open Open
Butcher Jones Day Use Area Open Open
Butcher Jones Trail 463 Open Open
Canyon Lake Open Open
Canyon Lake Marina Open Open
Cave Creek Group Campground Open Open
Cave Creek Trailhead Open Open
Cholla Bay Shoreline Area Closed Closed 26 July 2022 - Cholla Bay Shoreline is closed for camping, but remains open for walk-in or boat-in day use.  No vehicles allowed.
Cholla Campground Open Open  
Christopher Creek Campground and Group Site Open Open
Civilian Conservation Corps Campground Open Open
Colcord Ridge Campground Open Open Restrooms will be serviced once a week. Please pack it in, pack it out! 
Cottonwood Cove Picnic Area Open Open
Davis Wash Shoreline Area Closed Closed This site is currently closed due to the Woodbury Closure Order and the Davis Wash Public Safety Closure Order.
Desert Vista OHV Area Open Open
Dutchman's Trail 104 Open Open
East Verde Picnic Open Open Restrooms will be serviced once a week. Please pack it in, pack it out! 
First, Second, Third Crossings and Water Wheel Open Open Restrooms will be serviced daily. Please pack it in, pack it out!  Note: These are fee areas for day-use only. America the Beautiful and annual Tonto Discovery passes are accepted at all four sites.
Flowing Spring Open Open
Four Peaks Trail 130 Open Open
Frazier Group Campground Open Open
Frazier Horse Camp Open Open
Goldfield Day Use Area Open Open Closure order is to protect public health and safety due to unsafe conditions posed by flash flooding and increased water levels. The closure order is in effect from March 28, 2023, at 6:00am through April 19, 2023, at 8:00am, unless rescinded.
Granite Reef Day Use Area Open Open
Grapevine Bay Closed Closed Grapevine Bay is closed, but the Grapevine Boat Ramp is open.  For any questions please contact the Tonto Basin Ranger Station at (602) 225-5395.
Grapevine Group Campground Open Open
Haigler Canyon Campground and Day Use Open Open
Haunted Canyon Trail 203 Open Open
Hieroglyphic Trail 101 Open Open Please note: Parking at the Cloudview Trailhead is very limited. Spaces fill up quickly. Plan accordingly. Have an alternative option in mind if the lot is full. Please respect all posted no parking and no trespassing signs. If the trailhead parking is full, please try the Lost Goldmine East Trailhead. No buses or vehicles/trailers longer than 37 feet are allowed in the parking area. Illegally parked vehicles will be towed; before recreating at the owner's expense.
Horseshoe Campground Open Open
Horton Open Open
Houston Mesa Campground and Equestrian Sites Open Open No firewood sales, no dump station and no shower building. On-site automatic fee machine (no cash or checks accepted).
Icehouse CCC Open Open This area is currently closed due to the Telegraph Fire Closure.
Jacob's Trail 58 Open Open
Jojoba Day Use and Motorized Boat Launch Open Open
Jojoba Trail 511 Open Open Hiking Trail between Jojoba Day Use & Boat Launch Area and Rattlesnake Cove Day Use Area.
Jones Water Campground Open Open
Kellner Group Site Open Open
LOST Trail Open Open
Laguna Day Use and Motorized Boat Launch Open Open
Lower Burnt Corral Shoreline Area Closed Closed Closed 03-12-06-22-14 Apache Lake Temporary Area Closure for Public Health and Safety
Lower Soldier Camp Trail 84 Open Open
Lower Tonto Creek Campground Open Open No Firewood Sales. Walk-in tent sites only. Recreation.gov Scan & Pay only accepted (no cash or checks accepted)
Mesquite Campground Open Open
Myrtle Trail 30 Open Open
Needle Rock Day Use Area and Non-Motorized Beach Open Open In accordance with closure 03-12-01-23-11, the Needle Rock Beach Area is temporarily closed due to the impacts of recent flooding. The neighboring Box Bar recreation area is open. For further information please contact the Cave Creek Ranger Station at 480-595-3300.
Oak Flat Campground Open Open
Oak Flat Trail 123 Open Open
Oak Trail 16 Open Open
Palo Verde Day Use and Motorized Boat Launch Open Open
Palo Verde Trail 512 Open Open
Park Trail 66 Open Open
Pass Mountain Loop Trail 282 Open Open
Pebble Beach Day Use Area Open Open Closure order is to protect public health and safety due to unsafe conditions posed by flash flooding and increased water levels. The closure order is in effect from March 28, 2023, at 6:00am through April 19, 2023, at 8:00am, unless rescinded.
Peralta Trail 102 Open Open
Phon D Sutton Day Use Area Open Open
Picket Post Trailhead Open Open
Pigeon Trail 134 Open Open
Pinal & Upper Pinal Campgrounds Open Open
Pine Canyon Trail 26 Open Open
Pioneer Pass Camping Area Open Open
Ponderosa Campground and Group Sites Open Open No firewood sales and no dump station. On-site automatic fee machine (no cash or checks accepted).
Prospector's Trail 57 Open Open
Pump Station Trail 296 Open Open
Raccoon Bluff Day-Use Area Open Open Open.  No overnight camping. Day use only per Order Number  03-12-03-23-39.
Rattlesnake Cove Day Use Area Open Open Rattlesnake Cove Recreation fishing dock and associated ramp walkway are closed due to construction through October 1, 2024. Review the closure order and map 03-12-01-22-26.
Reavis Valley Trail 109 Open Open
Red Rock Trail 294 Open Open
Riverside Campground Open Open
Roosevelt Lake Day Use and Camping Areas Open Open
Roosevelt Lake Visitors Center Open Open
Roosevelt Marina Open Open
SB Cove Shoreline Area Open Open Please check SRP Watershed for lake levels.
Saguaro Del Norte Day Use & Motorized Boat Launch Open Open
Saguaro Lake Open Open Once Boat Parking is at capacity, vehicles towing boats will be turned away at the entrance.
Saguaro Lake Marina Open Open
Saguaro Lake Ranch Open Open
Salt River Canyon Wilderness Permit Open Open
Schoolhouse Campground Open Open 13JUL22 - Water is currently unavailable at Schoolhouse.  Vault toilets are accessible on site. Restroom cleaning and trash collection services will only be provided once per week. Please pack it in, pack it out.
Second Water Trail 236 Open Open
See Canyon Trail 184 & See Spring Trail 185 Open Open
Sharp Creek Campground and Group Sites Open Open No firewood sales and no dump station. On-site automatic fee machine (no cash or checks accepted).
Sheeps Crossing Day Use Area Open Open Closure order is to protect public health and safety due to unsafe conditions posed by flash flooding and increased water levels. The closure order is in effect from March 28, 2023, at 6:00am through April 19, 2023, at 8:00am, unless rescinded.
Sinkhole Trail 179 Open Open
Siphon Draw Trail 53 Open Open
Sulphide Del Rey Campground Open Open
Sycamore Trail 68 Open Open
The Point Boat Dock, Campground and Picnic Area Open Open Boat access only.
The Rolls OHV Area Open Open Pobrecito OHV Staging Area is closed from November 7th through November 18th, 2022 in accordance with Forest Order 03-12-03-22-30.
Thompson Trail 121 Open Open
Three Mile Wash Shoreline Area Closed Closed Closed 03-12-06-22-27 Three Mile Wash Campground Closure  
Timber Camp Recreation Area and Group Campgrounds Open Open
Tortilla Campground Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed
Tortilla Flat Resort Open Open
Treasure Loop Trail 56 Open Open
Turkey Trail 217 Open Open
Upper Burnt Corral Shoreline Area Open Open
Upper Canyon Creek Campground Open Open Restrooms will be serviced once a week. Please pack it in, pack it out! 
Upper Tonto Creek Campground Closed Closed Closed for the season. No firewood fales. Recreation.gov Scan & Pay only accepted (no cash or checks accepted).
Valentine Trail 551 Open Open
Vineyard Canyon Picnic Area Open Open The bathrooms are closed.
Vineyard Trail 131 Open Open
Water Users Day Use Area Open Open Closure order is to protect public health and safety due to unsafe conditions posed by flash flooding and increased water levels. The closure order is in effect from March 28, 2023, at 6:00am through April 19, 2023, at 8:00am, unless rescinded.
West Webber Trail 228 Open Open
Wind Cave Trail 281 Open Open
Windy Hill Boating Site Open Open
Windy Hill Campground Open Open
Yellow Cliffs Day Use and Motorized Boat Launch Open Open Due to a large collection of debris, Yellow Cliffs Motorized Boat Launch is unsuitable for launching boats. Please utilize the Jojoba Boat Launch.