TONTO NATIONAL FOREST
2,874, 580 acres. This enormous National Forest in arid central Arizona has diverse and outstanding scenery, including steep rugged peaks, precipitous canyons, buttes and mesas, painted cliffs and bluffs, rocky outcrops and pinnacles.
There are several desert mountain ranges, and an area of Indian cliff dwellings is included. Vegetation ranges from saguaro cactus and manzanita to pinyon-juniper and forests of fir and pine. Deer, bear, and mountain lion are among the wildlife.
Tonto has eight designated wilderness areas: the 252, 000-acre Mazatzal Wilderness, the 160, 000-acre Superstition Wilderness, the 53, 500-acre Four Peaks Wilderness, the 36, 780-acre Hellsgate.
Wilderness, the 32, 800-acre Salt River Canyon Wilderness, the 20, 850-acre Sierra Ancha Wilderness, the 18, 950-acre Salome Wilderness, and 11, 450 acres of the 20, 000-acre Pine Mountain Wilderness.
Activities: Backpacking and hiking are possible on over 800 miles of trails, including the 51-mile Highline National Recreation Trail, the 29-mile Mazatzal Divide Trail, and the 28-mile Verde River Trail. Difficulty varies from easy to strenuous.
Horses are allowed on many trails. Cross-country skiing is possible at higher elevations during the snow season. Limited rafting and kayaking are available on the Verde and Salt Rivers. Fishing is another option, and hunting is permitted in season.
Camping Regulations: Camping is allowed throughout the National Forest, except where otherwise prohibited. Campfires may be built, but the use of a stove is recommended for cooking. No permits are necessary except for outfitter-guide services. When in wilderness areas, camp at least 300 feet from water sources and away from trails. Summer heat is sometimes extreme, so spring and fall are the preferred times to camp here.
For Further Information: Tonto National Forest, P.O. Box 5348, 2324 East McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85010; (602)225-2500.
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