Located only minutes away from Fountain Hills and Fort McDowell is Tonto National Forest. With two of Arizona’s largest and most scenic rivers, six lakes, and landscapes ranging from desert to pine forests and high mountain peaks, the forest offers a wide range of recreation opportunities: swimming, boating, hiking, camping, rafting, horseback riding and bird watching, to name a few.
Tonto is the fifth-largest National Forest in the United States. With nearly three million acres, there is room enough to roam. Within the forest’s boundaries are eight wilderness areas.