hiking

views

nature trips

walking

birding

wild flowers

wildlife

dogs on leash

trail running

kid friendly

forest

mountain biking

river

backpacking

dog friendly

off road driving

waterfall

horseback riding

scenic driving

lake

no dogs

camping

The Tonto National Forest, Arizona, embraces almost 3 million acres of rugged and spectacularly beautiful country, ranging from Saguaro cactus-studded desert to pine-forested mountains beneath the Mogollon Rim. This variety in vegetation and range in altitude (from 1,300 to 7,900 feet) offers outstanding recreational opportunities throughout the year, whether it's lake beaches or cool pine forest. 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. (approximately 5.8 million visitors annually). Its boundaries are Phoenix to the south, the Mogollon Rim to the north and the San Carlos and Fort Apache Indian reservations to the east.

off road driving
1 day ago

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful trail with gradual incline. We arrived on a Saturday at 1 pm and found parking. Stuck to the trail and meandered near the creek for excellent photos. In and out in 4 hours. Loved hearing the wind in the trees and the flow of the creek.

Challenging yet rewarding trail. Keep going up to the east once you reach the col. There is a red mailbox at the highest point. Breathtaking views. Saw a desert tortoise and tarantula on the way up. Recommend trekking poles for the descent. My wife and I made the summit in a little over 2.5 hours.

hiking
2 days ago

Very pretty trail. Got there a little later in the morning, around 9am on a Sunday and it was a little busy of a trail. The hike was nice, however and we enjoyed ourselves.

hiking
2 days ago

Interesting and easy

hiking
4 days ago

off road driving
4 days ago

off road driving
4 days ago

Beautiful drive. Doesn't require 4x4, but some clearance. Toyota 4Runner TRD Offroad.

hiking
5 days ago

This hike is beautiful! Views of the mountain spotted some sort of cat mtn lion bobcat not sure. Creek is visible at certain points. It's nice hearing the sound of the water as you get close. I think this hike should be rated as moderate not easy. Bring lots of water we used water back pack and carried 1 liter bottles. Drank it all up at the end also a flash light would be super as we had to cross the river in the dark since are phones died it's completely dark at 730pm. Fossil creek is amazing just come prepared hiking shoes, water, some snacks, and water shoes would be nice and the hike took us 2-3 hours we did a fast walk most of the time.

Beautiful hike! My kids loved it too!

hiking
10 days ago

off road driving
10 days ago

Easy off-road drive, tons of scenery, lots of fun. Some bumps and washboarding, but nothing particularly precarious. Easy for trucks and bikes.

Trails weren't well-marked in this area so bring a map! Beautiful are though.