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The Tonto National Forest, Arizona, embraces almost 3 million acres of rugged and spectacularly beautiful country, ranging from Saguaro cactus-studded desert to pine-forested mountains beneath 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 forest.

As the fifth largest forest in the United States, the Tonto National Forest is one of the most-visited “urban” forests in the U.S. (approximately 5.8 million visitors annually). Its boundaries are Phoenix to the south, the Mogollon Rim to the north and the San Carlos and Fort Apache Indian reservations to the east. Read more about the Tonto National Forest


Stay Alert to Weather Related Conditions on the Forest

Recent storms brought much needed rains and snow to central Arizona.  This resulted in vehicles becoming stuck, being stranded, or sliding off of the road.  The Forest is urging travelers to exercise caution when traveling on Forest Roads during and shortly after inclement weather.  We encourage visitors to be prepared and check local and extended weather forecasts before traveling. As the snow melts and warmer weather comes to Arizona, roads will become wet and dangerous. To avoid damage to vehicles and road systems, visitors are encouraged to use caution and when possible not drive native or aggregate surfaced roads during snow melt and runoff. 

Stay up-to-date with the latest closures and conditions by contacting the local District Office


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Recent News


Travel Management Plan - Released Draft SEIS

Tonto officials have released a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) to address responses resulting from the Forest’s 2016 Final Travel Management EIS and associated Draft Record of Decision (ROD).

Salt River Horses

For questions regarding the horses contact Jacquelyn Hughes, Arizona Salt River Horse Liaison at (602) 542-0942. 

The Forest Service has entered into an agreement to work cooperatively with the State Department of Agriculture regarding the Salt River Horses.


Job Opportunities

Man with a hose on a road going to a bush on fire

The Tonto National Forest is offering basic wildland firefighting training to Veterans Recruitment Appointment Eligible veterans in February.

Ecological restoration along the Lower Salt River

Group of 5 workers using chain saws to cut down wispy trees

A long-term ecological restoration project is underway on the Lower Salt River of the Tonto National Forest’s Mesa Ranger District in the area of the 2017 Cactus Fire.


Get Involved - Volunteer!

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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!

Help Protect Bald Eagles by Giving them Space

Bald Eagle

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.

Historic Sign

Tonto National Forest Photo Archives