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TONTO NATIONAL FOREST
TONTO NATIONAL FOREST
2324 East McDowell Road
Phoenix, Arizona   85006

Phone: 602-225-5200
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Tonto National Forest
'Mogollon Rim'
© Christopher Guildig

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Tonto National Forest
'route 260'
© Christopher Guildig

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Tonto National Forest
'Crooks Trail Overlook'
© Copyright GE Bowers

This photo was taken at one of the numerous turnouts along the General Crook Trail also designated as SFR 300.

Tonto National Forest
© Curin Photography

Tonto National Forest
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Tonto National Forest
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Tonto National Forest
'Scenic View'
© Christopher Guildig

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Tonto National Forest
© Curin Photography

Snuggled along the crest of the Mogollon Rim and stretching 90 miles south, the Tonto National Forest spreads over a spectacular 2.9 million acres of pine and cactus country just northwest of Phoenix, Arizona. To the north along the Rim country, cool, pine-covered slopes and clear trout-stocked streams attract thousands from the cities when summer temperatures soar. Just over the top of the Rim wooded lakes on the Coconino and Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests beckon hundreds more on weekends. When sun and sizzling urban asphalt push thermometers past the 100 degree mark, only the early birds find vacant Forest Service developed campgrounds.

FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
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Boating
Relief from desert heat inspires a great many people to travel to the cool waters of one of the six reservoirs on the Tonto National Forest. There is considerable variation in the scenery, size, and type of opportunities found on these reservoirs.

Some people choose the larger lakes for water-skiing and power boating. Others opt for the quiet seclusion of a narrow lake arm extending between two near-vertical canyon walls. The Tonto National Forest has much to offer for boating enthusiasts. Enjoy your boating experience--but play it safe.

Boating on the Tonto National Forest is possible during all four seasons during good weather. Related recreational opportunities available at the reservoirs include: camping, picnicking, fishing, water-play, hiking, wildlife viewing, personal watercraft use, and interpretive programs.

Caution: Lake levels vary daily and are controlled by Salt River Project (SRP). For current information, phone the SRP at (602) 236-5929. These fluctuations result in rocks and other obstacles near the water surface. Be aware that this involves a degree of risk and the boat operator assumes all such responsibilities.


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Trails
The Tonto National Forest has a collection of nearly 900 miles of National Forest System Trails. Their primary purpose is to provide a variety of opportunities for hikers, bikers and equestrians to enjoy the beauty and challenge of nature.

The trail conditions range from good to very poor; most are not suitable for motor vehicles of any type. A trailing experience can include anything from the fulfilling opposition of steep grades and heavy brush, to the exciting discovery of spectacular scenic views and memorable and peaceful seclusion from the pressures and congestion of society.

Exploring a trail in the forest can be both relaxing and exhilarating, and sometimes even dangerous. With summer temperatures averaging in the mid 90s throughout most of the forest, no trail adventures should be made without the appropriate precautionary measures. Make sure that you have an adequate supply of drinking water, as well as a general idea of the time needed to complete the trip. It's also a good idea to take someone with you. You can run into trouble on any adventure, and sometimes the best defense is a partner or group. Remember to be safe when trailing, and avoid unnecessary danger in all forms.

For more information on a particular trail contact the managing RANGER STATION.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
February 26 Canyon Lake Campground by Black Tie Shower User
While Canyon Lake is MAGICAL, the campground, managed by Westrec marine is in awful condition. Do NOT tent camp at this lake!!!!
May 23 Ohio Native by LSD
Cayon lake was peaceful, Beautiful views, and was less littered than many others.


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Directions
From Phoenix, State highway 87 north bisects the heart of the forest.

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