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Tonto National Forest: Tours & Tickets

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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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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I only had a chance to drive through Tonto National Forest but its beauty is calling me to come back a explore.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank JosephW_abq
Reviewed 3 June 2019

I drove from Scottsdale to the 2nd lake. It took about 1.5 hours to do the drive from the western town tourist spot to the overlook of the 2nd lake. The whole drive around the loop takes about 6 hours. Once you get past the...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Lisa H
Reviewed 14 May 2019 via mobile

We took a drive and found ourselves entering Tonto National Forest. From the pictures below, the route is very scenic and completely different to what we have at home. If staying in the Phoenix area, this is a must see.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank MrsSala
Reviewed 1 May 2019

Located on the West bank of the Rosavelt reservoir this place is right of the paved highway. You can feel free to skip this place as a horse riding destination. If you are just passing through and need an overnight stay with horses the campground...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank William H
Reviewed 30 April 2019 via mobile

This is a peaceful, tranquil spot for horseback riding. Lots of interesting vegetation to see including several types of cactus plants. We saw numerous birds, lizards and ground squirrels. Missed out on the snakes, coyotes, and bobcats. Spring is a great time to be here....More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank joe-chicago-23
Reviewed 22 March 2019

Take your time and enjoy the beautiful ride through Tonto. Stop and have a picnic by the lake. Enjoy the hiking.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank olson_trisha
Reviewed 16 March 2019

The Usery Pass and North Bush Highways are only minutes from Mesa. Both of these routes get you into the Tonto National Forest. These roads are in wonderful shape and get you out of the city quickly.The landscapes are beautiful to photograph and hiking in...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 13 February 2019

This National Forest would take quite a while to see it all. It’s a beautiful drive with lakes, the Salt River and breathtaking mountains as a backdrop. You can also see wild horses everywhere.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank tawny1956
Reviewed 26 January 2019

You have to go here, it is amazing. The cave dwellings are incredible but the whole area is steeped in history. We visited the dwellings and then drove the Apache Trail to Apache Junction, the best experience ever.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Patricia L
Reviewed 24 January 2019 via mobile

As the fifth largest forest in the United States, the Tonto National Forest is one of the most-visited “urban” forests in the U.S, almost 3 million acres! But when we were there, it was not crowded at all. Tons of Saguaro cactuses. Super enjoyable. Clean...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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5 April 2018|
Response from Jwalms | Reviewed this property |
Directions: To reach Diamond Point go northeast from Payson on Highway 260 (Star Valley Road) for about 14 miles. Turn west on Forest Road 64 before reaching Kohls Ranch. Follow Forest Road 64 west for 4 miles; then turn... More
kathleen c
1 December 2017|
Response from Jwalms | Reviewed this property |
The roads are paved, however, in January they may have some snow. Delivery trucks use this route so I would think “wide” is not an issue. They’ve been working on the roads so they are in good condition. Wishing you a safe... More
13 July 2016|
Response from Sarracenia | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, The drive in the Tonto National Forest was on paved roads and I don't recall any scary moments. Check out a good map or google maps or google earth before going anywhere, select roads and you will see where the... More