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Lower Tonto Creek

Tonto National Forest

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Summary

Lower Tonto Creek Campground is located near Hwy 260, and is perfect for fishing, hiking or just enjoying nature. Surrounded by tall Pines the campground provides walk-in access to all campsites and is accessible by downloading the free Recreation.gov mobile app. However, please note this campground is right next to the highway and receives a considerable amount of traffic noise and light.

Overview

The Lower Tonto Creek Campground is tucked away right next to the main highway just south of where the Tonto and Horton Creeks merge. Families may enjoy fishing at both Tonto and Horton Creeks or pass time hiking through nearby Horton Creek Trail or Derrick Trail. The Lower Tonto Creek Campground has a large open-space parking lot and paved walkway makes it accessible with only a light hike to the creek.

This location is available on a first-come, first-served basis only.

Visitors are required to physically arrive at the campground to purchase and claim a site. Once on-site, you will be able to pay for your campsite(s) by scanning a QR code using the Recreation.gov mobile app, and the Scan and Pay feature.

You will need to first download the free Recreation.gov mobile app https://www.recreation.gov/mobile-app prior to your arrival as this area has limited or no cellular service.

There is no adjacent parking spot to any camp site. Walk-in access only to all campsites (paved sidewalk is provided).

Please note: This campground is right next to Hwy 260 and receives a considerable amount of traffic noise and light throughout the day & night.

Recreation

The union of Tonto and Horton Creeks is at the north end of the Upper Tonto Creek campground. Fishing in both creeks is a popular sport. The trailheads for Horton Creek Trail 285 and Derrick Trail 33 are located in the Upper Tonto Creek campground. Both of these trails access the Highline National Recreation Trail (#31

Natural Features

Located just South of where the Tonto and Horton Creeks merge. Campsites are dotted along a paved sidewalk surrounded by tall Pines, situated just next to Tonto Creek. 

Please note: This campground is right next to Hwy 260 and receives a considerable amount of traffic noise and light throughout the day & night.

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