At over 2.9 million acres, the Tonto National Forest is the largest national forest in Arizona, and the seventh largest national forest among 154 USDA National Forests.

The Tonto features some of the most rugged and inherently beautiful land in the country. 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 forest. Read more about the Tonto National Forest.

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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.

Stage 2 Fire Restrictions effective June 11th

Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are effective June 11, 2021, at 8 a.m. Anyone using Tonto National Forest lands should review the Stage 2 Fire Restrictions OrderMap, and Shooting Restrictions Justification.  An emergency situation exists due to several factors that have created an environment in which ignitions from human-caused activities can occur at a much higher rate and spread extremely quickly. This presents a significant risk to the public, as well as substantial obstacles to firefighters in the implementation of wildfire suppression strategies.

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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!

Black bears may roam higher elevations within the Tonto National Forest

Black Bear

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.


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

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