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.

Find an Activity

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.

  • Women in Wildfire Camp

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    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

  • Recreation

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    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.

  • Camping

    The Tonto has you covered whether you prefer open-air, tent, camper, group, RV, horse, dispersed or campground camping. Stargazing is an added bonus.

  • Find Your Way

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    Interactive, downloadable and print maps of National Forests and National Grasslands in Arizona and New Mexico.

  • Passes and Permits

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    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.


Resolution Copper Timeline

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.

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Lab results tested positive for Strangles in some Salt River Horses

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. 

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