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Tonto National Forest, Arizona

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#99 of 176 in Nature in Arizona
The Tonto National Forest, encompassing 2,873,200 acres, is the largest of the six national forests in Arizona and is the fifth largest national forest in the United States. The Tonto National Forest has diverse scenery, with elevations ranging from 1,400 feet in the Sonoran Desert to 7,400 feet in the ponderosa pine forests of the Mogollon Rim . The Tonto National Forest is also the most visited "urban" forest in the United States. The boundaries of the Tonto National Forest are the Phoenix metropolitan area to the south, the Mogollon Rim to the north and the San Carlos and Fort Apache Indian Reservation to the east. The Tonto is managed by the USDA Forest Service and its headquarters are in Phoenix. There are local ranger district offices in Globe, Mesa, Payson, Roosevelt, Scottsdale, and Young.
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  • Definitely recommend the Lake Saguaro Hike! It is 5 miles round trip so it is a bit long but it is not overly complicated. We did get slightly lost at one point, thinking we were still on the trail bu...  more »
  • We really enjoyed seeing the landscape of this area! The cacti are prominent at the lower altitudes and the evergreens are full in the higher altitudes! There are multple places to pull off of the roa...  more »
  • Though there was a bunch of small construction projects along the road. The forest is very very beautiful. Well worth the trip.  more »
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  • Highly recommend this place for anyone who enjoys the outdoors and nature. There are rope swings and rock cliffs to jump off of - water is not deep enough on certain parts, but there is a section of water that is deep enough to safely jump into. There are plenty of mountains to climb and get your hiking experience. Also recommend wearing the appropriate attire for hiking, swimming, or just something that's comfortable to wear while outdoors. Shoes are important for the hike, considering the steepness of the mountain climb. Beware of horse and other wildlife poop, as it doesn't get cleaned up!
  • We love this area. Tons of camping spots, the rim is beautiful. There are a ton if back roads,so you can explore forever. I have been going up here for 20 years plus. It's one of the best places arizona has to offer.
  • Vary peaceful place to think, the climb is taxing, so if you're not used to it then I'd suggest you stick to one of the easier trails. Bring a lot of water, it can be hot it may cool when you get to the top at bring a long sleeve t-shirt. I wish I brought my walking stick, but next time. Have fun.
  • Very nice morning! Almost no one around and about 300 rounds downrange.. New parts in pistol ran flawlessly. Nice and quiet. Great ride back as well
  • Beautiful scenery! This place is a must visit if you have some extra time and are willing to do some driving. There are beautiful views around every turn. Easy to get to from Scottsdale
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