Tonto National Forest


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Tonto National Forest

Address:2324 E McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85006

Phone:602-225-5200
Fax:602-225-5295
Web: www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto
Size: Almost 3,000,000 acres.
Location:Central Arizona. Accessible by I-17, AZ 87, 188, 288, and 260; US 60, 77, 80, and 89. Nearby cities/towns include Cave Creek, Globe, Mesa, Miami, Payson, Phoenix, Pine, Superior, Roosevelt, and Young.
Facilities:Visitors center, 92 campgrounds, picnic areas, trails (nearly 900 miles), scenic drives.
Activities:Camping, hunting, fishing, boating, sailing, canoeing, rafting, swimming, water-skiing, target shooting, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, OHV riding, rock hounding, interpretive programs.
Special Features:Ranks among the most-visited national forests. Comprised of desert, canyons, chaparral, woodlands, and conifer forests. Points of interest include Roosevelt Lake Visitor Center; prehistoric sites Sears-Kay ruins and Shoofly Village; 8 wilderness areas totaling 589,300 acres; Salt and Verde rivers, portions of which are designated Wild and Scenic; lakes (Roosevelt, Apache, Canyon, and Saguaro) and reservoirs (Bartlett and Horseshoe).

See other parks in Arizona.
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Tonto National Forest is a popular getaway in southern Arizona, said Hornung.
Located 40 miles northeast of Phoenix, Arizona, Rio Verde was built between the Verde River, the Tonto National Forest, and McDowell Mountain Regional Park.
Thanks to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Tonto National Forest, and Phoenix Zoo, aggressive efforts to restore habitats and reestablish populations are rebuilding a metapopulation (a group of spatially separated populations that exchange individuals through immigration and emigration) of Chiricahua leopard frogs near Young, Arizona.
According to the Arizona Republic, on March 9, 10-year-old Paul Schalow and his family were taking a lunch break after riding ATVs in Arizona's Tonto National Forest when a family member noticed a lion that was about to pounce on Paul.
Arizona Camp Sunrise is an oncology camp located along Christopher Creek in the Tonto National Forest of northern Arizona.
The proposed Carlota Copper Mine would carve up much of the creek's watershed in Arizona's Tonto National Forest, break up rock containing microscopic specks of copper and spray the rubble with sulfuric acid, creating runoff that would threaten wildlife habitat as well as drinking water for the city of Phoenix.
Government spokesmen said the Vipers came to the BATF's attention after hunters and Boy Scouts encountered armed people in camouflage who were setting off explosions in the Tonto National Forest, about 60 miles northeast of Phoenix.
13 that a heavily armed band of men dressed in camouflage had threatened him and a Boy Scout troop in a remote area of Tonto National Forest, about 100 miles northeast of Phoenix.
Eight men are convicted of planting enough explosives in Quartzite Falls, on Arizona's Tonto National Forest, to blast the once-Class 6 rapids to benign status - apparently to facilitate rafting (and boost revenues therefrom) through the pristine Salt River Canyon Wilderness.
The open houses, cosponsored by the Tonto National Forest, were attended by thousands of people.
In the second incident, a man was convicted of stealing a 1,500-year-old mummified infant from a site known as Tin Cave in Arizona's Tonto National Forest.