- Tonto National Forest provides many different recreation opportunities year-round. Road conditions will vary widely and off-road vehicle restrictions are in effect; inquire locally for more information. Over 16,000 acres of lakes in the desert, including Roosevelt, Apache Canyon, and Saguaro Lakes on the Salt River (all with marinas and other facilities) , Bartlett and Horseshoe Reservoirs on the Verde River. Lower Salt River is one of the most popular in the nation for "tubing."
Cool pine forests under the Mogollon Rim are very popular April through October. Hunting for small game, deer, bear, javelina, turkey and mountain lion. Plus there are many miles of hiking and horseback trails. There are seven Wilderness Areas for nonmotorized use and several scenic drives for those who prefer their wilderness experience through a car window. The Tonto National Forest is the largest Forest in Arizona, at over 2,873, 300 acres there are many different ways to access the portion you desire. The most popular route is to start in Phoenix and drive north on Hwy. 17 or head east on Hwy. 87. From the eastern central edge the forest starts as a wide swath that heads northward to the center of the state, and finally ends in the town of Flagstaff.
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- The Tonto covers nearly three million acres of rugged, scenic landscapes ranging from cactus-studded desert to pine-clad mountains.
- Tonto National Forest provides many different recreation opportunities year-round. Road conditions will vary widely and off-road vehicle restrictions are in effect; inquire locally for more informati
- Phoenix, AZ 85006