Wildlife Encounters
Wildlife Encounters

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Camping at Roosevelt Lake
Camping at Roosevelt Lake

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Water Fun At Woods Canyon Lake
Water Fun At Woods Canyon Lake

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Wildlife Encounters
Wildlife Encounters

Copyright: Kathy Bikert - All Rights Reserved



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.


One of the most enjoyed recreational past-times is taking your family and exploring Gila County's many camping spots.  Whether you like to rough it, glamping or pulling your RV and you want to be close to lakes, streams, swimming holes and hiking trails then camping in Gila County is waiting for you to define your next adventure and come Explore the Wild!


Visit each Ranger District for more information on each form of Camping.

For Forest Service Campsites you can use the map.  For RV Campsites Scroll Down




Payson Ranger District

Enjoy lakes, streams, fishing and camping in Mogollon Rim Country.


Pleasant Valley Ranger District

Welcome to the Hell's Gate Wilderness.  Beautiful and Wild!


Tonto Basin Ranger District

Roosevelt Lake, water sports, trails and Indian's all here.


White Mountain Apache Reservation

Truly wild!  Scenic beauty, wildlife, landscape, lakes and skies are awesome!


Globe Ranger District

High deserts come alive with vibrant colors and amazing sunsets.


San Carlos Indian Reservation

Poppy fields in the spring make this area truly unique and worth the trip.