Tonto National Forest Tours
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Encompassing about 3 million acres (1,214,057 hectares), the Tonto National Forest is the country’s fifth-largest forest. The altitude ranges from 1,300 to 7,900 feet (396 to 2,408 meters), allowing for diverse flora, fauna and landscapes throughout. In fact, while in one part of the forest you might find a cactus-filled desert, in another you’ll walk through rugged mountain dotted with pines. You’ll also find beautiful lake beaches for peaceful relaxation and aquatic pursuits.
The main reason people visit Tonto National Forest is the outdoor recreation. There are eight wilderness areas in Tonto National Forest, including Four Peaks Wilderness, Hell's Gate Wilderness, Mazatzal Wilderness, Salome Wilderness, Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic Area, Salt River Canyon Wilderness, Sierra Ancha Wilderness and Superstition Wilderness. Each of these offers its own unique experiences. For example, while the Four Peaks Wilderness Area is known for its Four Peaks landmark and 16 designated hiking trails totaling about 40 miles (64 kilometers), the Salt River Canyon Wilderness is where experienced white water rafters go.
The Tonto National Forest borders include Phoenix, the Mogollon Rim, and the San Carlos and Fort Apache Indian reservations. You will need a pass to enter, although these are easily attainable online on the Tonto National Forest recreation passes and permits web page as well as select local merchants. Additionally, a special Salt River permit is required to use land and water areas within Salt River Canyon that reside on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.
Address: Tonto Basin, Arizona 85553, USA
5 Tours and Activities to Experience Tonto National Forest
Take a rip through the desert on four wheels. Your adventure guide knows all the best trails in the area and---after a safety orientation and quick lesson in ATV driving, you’ll be off on an adventure of your own. This tour is a great way to explore the vast Sonoran Desert and have fun with some new friends.
See more of Arizona's stunning natural beauty on a comprehensive full-day tour by air and land that culminates in Monument Valley. Enjoy a scenic flight from Phoenix over Tonto National Forest, Sedona, San Francisco Peaks, the Grand Canyon and Lake Powell, before landing near Monument Valley. Then take a four-wheel drive tour with a Navajo guide to explore Monument Valley and the Navajo Tribal Park. After the 1.5-hour ground tour, try Navajo tacos for lunch before taking in more views on your return flight to Phoenix.
The rugged landscape of the Superstition Mountains is not easily conquered, but accessing the dry, cactus-laden desert trails is no problem if you’re riding in a Hummer H1. This extreme adventure gives you a serious adrenaline rush as your guide hurtles you down the Bulldog Canyon trail, enjoying the unspoiled beauty of the desert back country.
Blaze a new trail through the Sonoran Desert on this 4x4 adventure. From your seat in the back of a military grade Chevy M1009 Blazer, you’ll have the perfect vantage point to enjoy the stark beauty of the desert. These vehicles have been equipped to ensure that no matter how rocky and wild the path gets, you will ride in comfort.
Scenic flight to the Grand Canyon including an overflight of the widest and deepest part of the Canyon. Then a 3 mile round-trip hike down into the Grand Canyon with a stop for lunch before coming back to the top. Trail drops 1200 feet in elevation in 1.5 miles. Hike is along a ridgeline allowing for spectacular views throughout the hike.
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