FR 71 Tonto National Forest

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Considered a gateway trail by many, FR71 takes you from the harsh desert of the Tonto Basin to other trails leading to the milder climates high above in the pines of Tonto National Forest. While traveling up the very easy dirt trail you can choose one of the short side trails leading to a local spri... Read More
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Highlights of FR 71 Tonto National Forest

Camping Category Icon Camping
Desert Category Icon Desert
Iconic Category Icon Iconic
Overland Category Icon Overland
Scenic Category Icon Scenic
Wash Category Icon Wash
Highest Elevation
4317 ft
Shape of Trail
Straight Through
Typically Open
Year Round
Best Direction
East
Official Trail Name
FR71
Nearest Town
Tonto Basin
Nearest Services
Tonto Basin
Management Agency
Tonto National Forest
District
Mesa

Overview

Considered a gateway trail by many, FR71 takes you from the harsh desert of the Tonto Basin to other trails leading to the milder climates high above in the pines of Tonto National Forest. While traveling up the very easy dirt trail you can choose one of the short side trails leading to a local spring with their abundance of blackberries, the best time is around July. Along the route, there are plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy the beautiful panoramas of both the Four Peaks and Roosevelt Lake areas. For incredible star gazing, you can choose to camp in the wide open desert while further up the trail many campsites offer shade from the relentless sun. Either way, you're sure to enjoy a remote camping experience.

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