Tonto National Forest
Tonto National Forest
4.5
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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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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Prinz_1080
Vienna, Austria489 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Burnt Corral Campground is so beautiful, just next to the lake. A peaceful and silent place, which unfortunately has no dumping station - that's the only downside.
Written 24 March 2024
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Gorton54
Plymouth, MI1,648 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We came to Tonto National Forest primarily to see the wild horses. At first we hiked along the Salt River hoping to catch a glimpse of them but none were to be seen. The forest is scenic and well maintained. On the way out we finally saw some horses.
We stopped the car and parked at a viewing area a lo and behold there were over twenty horses there and we were able to walk up close to them. Signs caution you to stay 50 feet away. It was an exhilarating experience to see these majestic animals roaming freely.
Written 7 March 2024
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Deserted Dave
New Mexico368 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I found this gem using freecampsites.net a mere 14 miles from Globe. Pioneer Pass, twisties dirt mountain road to multiple campgrounds with toilets, tables, & fire rings. Pinal Creek runs through it. Jets like to fly over in the mornings, but usually after 8:30am.
Written 3 March 2024
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Dane H
Goodyear, AZ53 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 25 September 2023
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Kansas18 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 15 August 2023
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clpjr2000
Ravenna, OH425 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 11 May 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 5 March 2023
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Lise P
Gibbons, Canada90 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 22 February 2023
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P. F
Bowling Green, OH275 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 1 December 2022
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Chandra S
Texas356 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 19 October 2022
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