Tonto National Forest - Welcome!
Discover the Beauty of Winter
The Tonto National Forest has some of the most rugged and inherently beautiful land in the country no matter what the season. With nearly 600,000 acres of wilderness, there's a place for you to escape the rigors of modern society.
The Tonto National Forest offers unique landscapes including Sonoran Desert cacti and flat lands that 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 USDA Forest Service, Southwestern Region, offers Women in Wildfire Camps for career-focused women or other individuals to become temporary, seasonal employees, and on-call wildland firefighters.
Plan Your Trip
Unforgettable experiences are waiting! Eight lush wilderness areas, scenic flowing rivers, the Mogollon 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.
Mesa Gateway Airtanker Base to host annual National Aerial Supervision Training Academy
Release Date: Feb 23, 2024
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.
On 9/18/19, the Arizona Department of Agriculture received the results of a swab taken from a Salt River horse that has tested positive for Strangles.
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.
Alerts & Warnings
- Rattlesnake Cove Recreation Fishing Dock Closure 03-12-01-22-26
- Amended - Apache Lake Closure - Lower Burnt Corral Campground remains closed
- Bald Eagle Seasonal Closures
- Occupancy and Use Restrictions
- Update on State Route 88 (Apache Trail) - August 18, 2021
- Redmond Fire Road Closure