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Tonto National Forest
4.5
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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This forest occupies approximately three million acres of wilderness for exploration via hiking, backpacking and horseback riding.
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  • Suzanne D
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The real Arizona
    Driving into Tonto National Forest left me in awe. Not a forest, in New England standards, but what more of Arizona should look like. Everywhere we looked was more beautiful than the last. The lazy river backed by towering mountains was stunning. We caught glimpses of wild horses. I am returning to Phoenix next week, and Tonto is the most important place for me to return.
    Visited April 2022
    Written March 5, 2023
  • clpjr2000
    Ravenna, Ohio373 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First time hike
    Amazing scenary with varied levels of hiking difficulty. You get varieties of cactus, flowers and elevation. Watch weather to see what you need to bring and this will determine your hiking conditions. Snakes are possible along with other potential life. Well worth the time to hike and you can do many variations.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 11, 2023
  • Dane H
    Goodyear, Arizona45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very scenic area.
    This high desert region has a wide range of mountains, valleys, and small lakes. There are many places for tent camping, most accessible by dirt road. A vehicle with 4wheel drive is recommended if you go off the paved roads. I have found this area to be great for winter tent camping as the days have not become too warm. As always in the desert no matter what time of the year, bring plenty of water and a bit of bug spray just in case.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 25, 2023
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Dane H
Goodyear, AZ45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
This high desert region has a wide range of mountains, valleys, and small lakes. There are many places for tent camping, most accessible by dirt road. A vehicle with 4wheel drive is recommended if you go off the paved roads. I have found this area to be great for winter tent camping as the days have not become too warm. As always in the desert no matter what time of the year, bring plenty of water and a bit of bug spray just in case.
Written September 25, 2023
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Kansas15 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
It is a pretty area.. if going to enjoy the lake it looks like it'd be a great time. We went to hike and have to agree with a lot of other reviews we had read, the path is small and a bit over grown... we debated if we were still on the right track on more than one occasion. Ultimately we turned around when it got a bit more narrow around a tree near a ledge and we couldn't see the rest of the path... we gave into the thought we had gotten off path. However when we went down the other fork it took us back to the parking lot. Think we read the trail right and it just got a bit more precarious than we were comfortable with. Though it is very odd to have to cross a downed barbed wire fence - the area must've been closed off at one point (no signs said it was).
Written August 15, 2023
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clpjr2000
Ravenna, OH373 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Amazing scenary with varied levels of hiking difficulty. You get varieties of cactus, flowers and elevation. Watch weather to see what you need to bring and this will determine your hiking conditions. Snakes are possible along with other potential life. Well worth the time to hike and you can do many variations.
Written May 11, 2023
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Suzanne D
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Driving into Tonto National Forest left me in awe. Not a forest, in New England standards, but what more of Arizona should look like. Everywhere we looked was more beautiful than the last. The lazy river backed by towering mountains was stunning. We caught glimpses of wild horses. I am returning to Phoenix next week, and Tonto is the most important place for me to return.
Written March 5, 2023
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Lise P
Gibbons, Canada38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
I really recommend doing butcher Jones trail, or the afternoon at the beach on saguaro lake. There’s also a marina and restaurant by the beach. The trail was amazing and beautiful. So nice to see such different vegetation and stunning mountain views
Written February 22, 2023
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P. F
Bowling Green, OH242 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
Recently stayed in Superstition Springs for a wedding and wanted an easy nature hike during down time. This trail was very easy, and has a full view of the surrounding desert landscape. It was only 20 min from our AirBNB, highly reccomend for families with kids.
Written December 1, 2022
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Chandra S
Texas138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
Our family of 4 generations went on a Fall Break road-trip from Texas to Arizona and New Mexico to visit some NPS sites. We stopped at this recreation site on our way from Mesa to Holbrook! The views were absolutely amazing!! So peaceful! A nice little stop to stretch our legs! Grandkids enjoyed hiking down to the river!
Written October 19, 2022
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a h
Australia1,601 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
The park is a nice park but not a must visit. A big part of the park is not accessible due to road erosion...the park has big lake that is good for swimming and recreational activities.
Written May 21, 2022
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TravelingBum10
United States2,738 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
We stayed at the Cholla Campground on the Tonto National Forest. The campground is ok. I think we got one of the best spots. #71. We reserved it online. This campground is for dry camping only. There are water spigots all over but you cannot hook them to your RV for filling the tank. There were a lot of potholes on the roads. Hopefully they fix that soon. We were there for a week. There was hardly anyone staying there. The hosts only came out on the weekend to check the spots. There are no showers in the bathrooms. There’s a couple of trails that lead to the marina. The Lake is huge! Bring all the food you’re going to need as there’s no stores near by.
Written February 1, 2022
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Heidi J
Seville, OH421 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Couples
If you're in the Phoenix/Tucson area and are looking for a day trip, drive through here. Lost Dutchman State Park is on 88. Then follow it north. Due to a landslide, 88 does not go all the way to Roosevelt. But the drive to Tortilla Flat is amazing. We drove until the road ended then got out and walked around. We flew the drone for some amazing videos. It's stunning - we definitely were not expecting to find the scenery this drive offers. The pull offs always offer beautiful view. We saw many people camping through the area and would love to do the same someday.
Written February 15, 2021
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TONTO NATIONAL FOREST: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

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