Explore the most popular hiking trails in Tonto National Monument with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

off road driving
3 days ago

Four of us ran the trail - 2- Mavericks, 2 - Razors. No issues completed it in four hours. A ton of fun.

1 month ago

I wouldn’t recommend bringing dogs. Took us a little bit to find, but glad we did. The directions in one of the comments helped a lot!

Amazing hike! We were guided by Will Moore to the Upper Cliff Dwellings. He was very knowledgeable about the ruins and provided an excellent account of the history regarding the cliff dwellings. Highly recommend this guided tour to anyone interested in local history.

off road driving
2 months ago

It gets a little bumpy after the corral and pond. Unless you're in a crawler this one is going to leave your ride with some minor body modifications.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! Ran into two people mountain biking and that was it! It took us 2hrs 40 minutes to get up to the towers and exactly the same amount of time to get down. Great views.
It was a great training hike for the Grand Canyon which I’m doing next weekend!

off road driving
2 months ago

If you pick this trail up from the highway the technical driving is just under 5 miles. The rest of the trip to the top is a maintained FR. From the beginning it's a consistent, entertaining challenge to pick the right lines. If you're not paying attention, there are some roll over opportunities that could be pretty disastrous. High clearance and 4WD is a must.

off road driving
2 months ago

LOVE this extremely difficult 4x4 trail. Going clockwise, the bridge is passable but obviously please get out and check it because I'm not going to be held responsible! If you head to the mine and return the way you came, it's a great trail but I believe we still had to stack rocks in a few areas due to all the rain we've had. We did not go to the mine and continued on the trail which was the creek sometimes and definitely needed to get out to survey where the trail even is vs the creek. There were 3 of us (my boyfriend, his friend and I) and we spent a lot of time stacking rocks in places and sometimes spent up to an hour getting over obstacles. I wouldn't recommend doing this without a 3rd person.
There are gnarly bouldery ascents and once we got to the Intersection of FR201A, we had difficulty due to the change in terrain, lack of rocks to stack for the 1970 Land Rover 100 Series and the deep channel that had been rutted from the weather. We were losing daylight also and to leave the Rover overnight, hike out 13 miles following the 4x4 trail back to the SR87 and have friends get us. We made a fire on the side of the 87 to keep warm :-)
Went back the next day with AZ 4x4 Offroad Recovery and Jon was amazing! Funny enough, after we were winched out of that particular section (from the intersection to the intersection of FR201; the 2 last yellow dots on the map), we would've made it the rest of the way no problem.
The trail is very narrow in a lot of places and you can't be afraid of getting Arizona Pinstripes ;)
Our videos are here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=383xGZIO_kY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lt9uWf8mXoY

Feel free to contact me with any questions! we plan on going again but just getting there earlier and a little more prepared :)

off road driving
2 months ago

We took the Rubicon from the 86 Bee Line Hwy to FR27 to start this trail. We passed through the gate which is allowed however please remember close it behind you. This trail has seen some weather and it appears as though it is not travel by vehicles very often as the plants are beginning to crowd the trail. With the sway bar disconnected and both lockers on, this was a good challenge and the Jeep didn't miss a beat! 4 wheel drive is required beginning this trail at FR27. Enjoy it!

HELP!

Couldn’t find the trail at all??! Parked at mile marker 271, descended through the wooded area, past some fire pits, and went under the fence. I even met a family hiking their way back out, they said I was on the right path and to look for a giant arrow. But shortly after, the trail just....stopped? I didn’t see an arrow or even a clue as to what direction to take. I went all the way up the hill to the far right to look down and around, and I couldn’t see anything. The photos are so beautiful, would love to try again some time. Can anyone please help me out and tell me where I went wrong???

hiking
3 months ago

Kind of dumb to rate a trail 1 star because of forest closures. But whatever. Short hike, on a hot day will still kick your butt a little. Water is really murky this time of year from monsoon runoff

hiking
3 months ago

Last weekend my wife and I did this hike, the weather was great and the views incredible, the hike itself was easy and the trail to the top was very well maintained, the ranger and staff were very friendly and willing to answer any questions you may have, after the hike headed back into Global to have some Mexican Food.

hiking
3 months ago

Great views and excellent directions, as provided in previous reviews. Decent flow of water considering the time of year. Water was still plenty cold, but slightly murky. Keep in mind when deciding to swim the rate of flow- just upstream is private property who keep cattle that have direct access to the stream...

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Extremely beautiful destination. Trail is very rocky, slippery, and steep in many places, but it’s all worth it!

The only reason I am giving 2 stars instead of 1 star is that it is a somewhat challenging hike. You are pretty much uphill from the beginning of “trail” to the top. Other than that, it was not someplace I would ever go back to. I wasn’t aware that I would have to deal with motorcycles every 20 minutes or so and the “trail” intersects FR 626 which people drive their cars on. So yes in addition to endless motorcycles, you also get to deal with cars and trucks driving by you. I don’t recommend this trail to anyone looking for any type of solitude or experience with nature. In my opinion I don’t think this should be listed as a hiking trail at all. It isn’t a hiking trail.

on Box Canyon Trail

5 months ago

Reading the reviews really helped! Short and sweet!

Short, easy hike. Beautiful.

hiking
7 months ago

Tried to go 6/4/18 - Closed as are nearly all trails along 260 due to extreme fire hazard.

Drought. No falls or water

Good workout. Took me 2’40”. Used 1 quart of h2o. No issues with getting lost or losing the trail. Lots of loose gravel and rocks made it a little difficult on some of the descents.

Directions from JP and Chrissie T were super helpful. Found the embankment and deer fence without any trouble, trail into the wooded area, clearly marked! Then a little confusion...... until we looked down and noticed the arrow, after that, stunning views into the canyon, stopped at several points to take pictures, the trail going down, and back up not as difficult as we anticipated, we just took our time both directions. Would have spent more time in the water and it not been SO cold!!!

hiking
8 months ago

Mile marker 271, pull right and park. Pass gate and cross cattle bars, stay straight into open field until the orange/white "caution type" sign and cairn, or Karen as I called her and called out to her many times seeking direction along the way. At one point I saw Karen perched high on the edge of a cliff and I just had stop there because I didn't see a realistic way to reach her. At this point we did see rock climbers which was pretty impressive. I would have liked to see more but it just seemed too risky. This hike is physically challenging and makes you have to consider which choices are best to make. I liked that, but the lack of water actually falling from the rocks and the nasty water pool, I really have no desire to go back. But, glad I did it. One liter of water was enough for our 2 hour hike. It would have been better in more supportive shoes, but we managed in our Nike's.

hiking
8 months ago

This little mountain was tougher than I expected!
The trail (road) is easy to both follow and walk on and there are no technical parts, but the constant incline is relentless though not particularly steep.
I started at the trailhead shortly after 6am and had ~60F at 3200’ and enjoyed shade 3/4 of the way to the top.
At about 5500’-6000’ I saw a bunch of deer.
The temperature at the summit was pleasant, but I had mostly full sun on the way down and it started to get warm. It was high 80ies when I made it back to my car around noon, and I went through 4 liters of fluid.
It took me just over 3 hours to reach the summit and I was back at my car in ~5h45m including breaks.
This hike felt every bit has hard as Superstition Ridgeline, though having 10 degrees warmer weather today probably made a difference...

Great directions lovely hike

walking
9 months ago

Short but steep walk up. Path is paved and well maintained. Well worth it for the views at the top.

This is a great hike! Perfect for training for Grand Canyon. It is an old dirt utility road that takes you to the tower at top. Stay to the left when the road dorks.

hiking
9 months ago

Seems like an ideal place for picnics. Wouldn't recommend bringing dogs.

Nice paved trail. A little steep, so flip flops not recommended going back down. Benches all along the way to rest of enjoy the view.

Great walk up to the cliff dwellings. I am 74 but had no trouble getting up. Lots of benches to rest on. Beautiful views,

hiking
10 months ago

A nice hike indeed, a dangerous one if not careful. Hard to find since road was moved! More like 18 miles from Payson, near mile marker 271, right before the green roof cabin at the Boy Scout camp on the right. Do not go if rain is expected and save for summer months when hypothermia is not a threat. The rocks at the base are slick even when dry and many an air vac have rescued those who fell and broke or became stranded going up on the other side. Be sure to stay left when you come to the cliffs. Some people scramble down the cliffs on the right but it is dangerous. There is a much clearer path if you stay left which is a slower, safer descent to the mouth of the canyon. Once there look downstream and know that all of that can be safely traversed if careful. Suggest crossing the narrow stream at the bottom of the descent at the now “top” of the canyon and look for the easy scramble down the first rock face to the water. Continue safely exploring by swimming downstream a bit to next speck of dry rock. Stay within ability to climb back up; small dogs not suggested, but strong ones who swim can make it. Stay safe!

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