nature trips


wild flowers


trail running

dogs on leash

kid friendly

mountain biking




off road driving

dog friendly


horseback riding

scenic driving



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.

on Water Wheel Falls

5 days ago

Nice camping midweek, beautiful skies at night with many stars. Spring was all that could be expected of the wonders of this. Company that was present was very sociable and pleasant. Will be back soon.

5 days ago

Great short hike going uphill on the way to the ruins. Cool to get a little history lesson and would be a great short hike for kids that don't want to go far (like my kids). There seem to be a bunch of trails that go off in different directions once you're up there so alot to explore.

Get there early before the crowds.

One of the most beautiful trails I've been on. The creek seems never-ending...and all of the waterfalls, simply breathtaking. Took about 4 hours from start to finish. We will totally be coming back.

nice rock climbing trail

It was a very beautiful trail! You hike up and down 3 mountains which give you amazing views. At times it felt like an obstacle course because we lost the trail in the creeks and there were multiple gates (and one set of stairs) to get through fences. It made the trail very enjoyable and interactive.

Good hike!!.loved it

6 days ago

Such an awesome trail!

6 days ago

Lots of childhood memories camping in the area! Had to bring my kiddos to the water hole


6 days ago

This trail takes you through high desert brush to lush ferns to some of the best preserved ruins I've seen. Doing this hike in the right time of year is crucial because of the heat. I would also rate it on the harder side of moderate, if not just straight hard. Some of the trail takes you along steep faces and cliff edges, some of which had pretty loose dirt. All in all, with the added historical significance, this hike exceeds expectations.

Always beautiful and fun for the pup and I

Definitely a tough hike as there really is not a clear trail however the views from the top are AMAZING! Did it by myself and as other hikers have said - probably not the smartest trail to do alone so just practice safety if you go solo. Will definitely do this hike again!

I hiked with my dog early (7am) saw 4/5 people. Wide trail, some loose rock, many lizards and one big green snake. I took a little detour up to "praying hands" the top of ridge where I could see to the other side of mt. There was a nice little cave to rest and have a snack, but that trail was steep and lots of loose rock but well worth the 10 extra minutes. Windy breeze was refreshing before going back down the path.
I gave it a 4 just because it was a little too easy but still a great hike