Welcome to the Tonto National Forest
The Tonto NF features some of the most rugged and inherently beautiful land in the country. With nearly 600,000 acres of wilderness, there's a place for you to escape the rigors of modern society.
Sonoran Desert cacti and flat lands slowly give way to the highlands of the Mogollon Rim. This variety in vegetation and range in altitude -- from 1,300 to 7,900 feet -- offers outstanding recreational opportunities throughout the year, whether it's lake beaches or cool pine forests.
The Tonto National Forest has implemented Order 3-12-00-22-17 Stage II Fire Restrictions, which prohibits fire, smoking, welding, discharging a firearm, and sets hours for using a chainsaw or other equipment. Fireworks and explosives are always prohibited. Review the order for full details.
Plan Your Trip
Unforgettable experiences are waiting! Eight lush wilderness areas, scenic flowing rivers, the Mongollon Rim's 200-miles of beauty and some of the best trails in the country.
The Tonto has you covered whether you prefer open-air, tent, camper, group, RV, horse, dispersed or campground camping. Stargazing is an added bonus.
Interactive, downloadable and print maps of National Forests and National Grasslands in Arizona and New Mexico.
Whether you're looking for a local Tonto Pass, a new year of exploring all our National Forests with an America the Beautiful pass, planning a wedding, family reunion or simply need a fuelwood permit, we've got you covered!
Discover More about the Tonto National Forest
The Tonto National Forest manages important habitats for a variety of wildlife, fish and rare plants.
Due to an increase in inquiries regarding Resolution Copper and Oak Flat, we have a summary page with links to all the information for easier access. View the up-to-date statement and project links.
Contact the Tonto Basin Ranger Station at 602-225-5395 for updates and more information.
Get Involved - Volunteer!
Managing a national forest like the Tonto National Forest requires the efforts of not only dedicated employees, but many partners and volunteers. Find out how you can help!
Black bears may roam higher elevations within the Tonto National Forest
Within Arizona, black bears live in most forest, woodland and chaparral habitats, and desert riparian areas, primarily at elevations from 4,000 to 10,000 feet.
Tonto National Forest Photo Archives
Tonto National Forest historic photographs from the Southwestern Regional Office files in Albuquerque, New Mexico,
Help Protect Bald Eagles by Giving them Space
Help protect the state’s 55 breeding pair of bald eagles, by giving them space as they begin rebuilding nests in preparation for laying eggs.