This wilderness was established in 1984, and contains approximately 37,440 rough acres with a major canyon and perennial stream extending its entire length. Deep pools of water may be separated by impassable falls. Elevations range from 3,000 feet along the lower end of Tonto Creek to 6,400 feet on Horse Mountain.
Spring and fall are ideal times to visit this area; however, trails are rare and access is limited. The small area known as Hell’s Gate is too fragile to be used by livestock.
A group size of no more than 15 people and no more than 15 head of pack or saddle animals of any type is enforced within this area yearlong.
A free recreation opportunity guide is available from the
Payson Ranger Station (Tonto National Forest),
1009 E. Highway 260,
Payson, AZ 85541,
Phone: (928) 474-7900
or online at
www. fs.fed.us/r3/ tonto.