The Tonto National Forest is located in Arizona. It is the largest of Arizona's national forests at almost 3 million acres, and is covered in some spectacular scenery and terrain. Here you will find everything from desert, mountains, lakes, valleys, rocky canyons and flat plains. There is the familiar giant saguaro cactus everywhere here which is synonymous when many people think of Arizona. There are also many other cacti species present in the park. The more elevated sections of the park such as the Mogollon Rim are covered in mixed fir, juniper, pine and chaparral. The park itself is very steep and rocky and it lacks the trails of other parks. The weather is also quite harsh but it does not stop people visiting the Tonto National Forest - it is one of the most visited urban forests in the country. The altitude of the park ranges from 1,300 to 7,900 feet.
There are not many paved roads around the park. AZ 260 is to the north, US 60 to the south and also AZ 87 and AZ 188. The Apache Trail is a popular road located between Mesa and Theodore Roosevelt Lake. Roosevelt Lake is a large man made lake. There are several other man made lakes here including Canyon and Apache, Bartlett, Saguaro and Horseshoe Reservoir.
If you are looking to live near Tonto National Forest there are several towns worth considering. These are:
The above four towns all contain hotels that hold tourists visiting Tonto National Forest. Tourism is one of the major economical focuses here as there are nearly 6 million visitors to the region each year.
There is a fee to enter the forest for a day or overnight stay. There are several passes available including a Daily Pass, Watercraft Sticker, and the Tonto Annual Pass which gives you yearly access to the park if you are a regular visitor. Passes can be purchased through Tonto National Forest or at the TontoPermits.com website.
There are seven wilderness areas situated within the park boundaries. This is protected forest land and covers almost 600,000 acres. The areas are Four Peaks Wilderness, Salome Wilderness, Superstition Wilderness, Hell's Gate Wilderness, Sierra Ancha, Salt River Canyon Wilderness and Mazatzal Wilderness.
Living near the Tonto National Forest provides nature lovers with a plethora of things to do and see. It also means enterprising individuals can take advantage of the burgeoning tourism trade in the area. In fact, setting up a business in this area could almost be a dream come true!
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